The interest around the league in Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is “muted at best,” Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports (Twitter links). It seems rather unlikely, then, that he’ll end up joining a new organization today, before the deadline for teams to add postseason-eligible players.
While Suzuki has produced a roughly league-average batting line (.275/.318/.417), which is quite good for a catcher, we’ve heard mention on several occasions about increasing concerns with his work behind the dish. That may help explain the lack of interest in the veteran, who has helped teams fill needs down the stretch in years past.
Suzuki has cleared waivers, so he can be traded freely. But that has been the case for some time. A few contenders have gone on to add different backstops while others are, perhaps, satisfied with what they have on hand. “It would take an injury to create any kind of market,” a source tells Berardino.
Suzuki is owed $1.05MM from the start of September to year’s end, by Berardino’s calculations, which is a fairly modest but not inconsequential sum. His vesting option is no longer a consideration, so that isn’t a hindrance. Even if Minnesota finds a surprise, late-breaking taker, the report suggests that the team would anticipate only a minimal return — perhaps largely consisting of some salary relief.