• Twins Ink Doumit to Two-Year Extension

    Cross one name off the trade deadline "selling" list. Ryan Doumit is here to stay at least for the foreseeable future.

    Pleased with the impact of their offseason acquisition, the Twins announced Friday that they've signed the backup catcher and frequent DH to a two-year contract extension worth $7 million.

    As the 2011 season came to a close, it had become clear that the catcher position was in drastic need of an upgrade. Joe Mauer, battling assorted health issues, had posted a disappointing .239/.328/.324 line while behind the plate; meanwhile, his backups hit an anemic .158/.209/.227.

    With Mauer's wellness still in question, the Twins needed to add a player who could fill in behind the plate. Among the list of available free agents, Ryan Doumit stood out as an ideal fit. A capable backstop with enough lumber to fill in at positions like right field and designated hitter, and with a modest price tag.

    Terry Ryan clearly liked those attributes and got him at a bargain: one year, $3 million. Doumit has lived up to expectations. There's a bit more risk involved with his new contract, of course, but we're talking about $3.5 million per year here. That's about what the Twins threw away on seven starts from Jason Marquis this year; about what they're paying Tsuyoshi Nishioka to play in Rochester.

    Unlike those two, Doumit has already proven his usefulness. His flexibility suits this club's needs well, now and going forward, and while he's not the kind of dominant bat you build your lineup around he adds some nice switch-hitting punch to the bottom half.

    Doumit is on the wrong side of 30 and not hugely athletic to begin with, so there exists a real possibility that his decline phase will hit before this contract is over. He's also been injured a lot during his career, and one healthy half hardly erases that history.

    Nevertheless, the Twins are taking a relatively minor risk here and the (very realistic) upside is that Doumit keeps doing what he's been doing this year and most of his career while staying fairly healthy in a role that is designed to keep him that way.

    Simply put, he has more value to this team than as a trade chip, especially at the price they've locked him up for. This is a great deal from any perspective.

    What do you think about Doumit's new deal? Join the discussion on our forum thread.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Ink Doumit to Two-Year Extension started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      I like it' he's cheap and only for 2 yrs. It's fair for his production and IF he can stay healthy this will be one of the Twins best moves in a while. Plus it might actually increase his trade value say next yrs trade deadline if the Twins fall out of it again. Teams will be very interested in a good switch hitting multi position player for a very fair price with another yr left on his deal or we keep him and still make out...WIN WIN for us againif he's healthy.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Outside of Marquis (ugh) and Capps (more meh than anything), I like everything JR has done since the return.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      It just struck me, but Doumit looks a lot like Kubel.
    1. crapforks's Avatar
      crapforks -
      Doumit has no iris. It's all pupil. he clearly is a demon of some sort. We could use some dark forces on this team. All hail RD, the spawn of satan.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      It just struck me, but Doumit looks a lot like Kubel.
      That JUST struck you?????
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      That JUST struck you?????
      I'm slow. What can I say? For a second they fooled me into thinking they had the same number too, but Kubes was #16.

      Quote Originally Posted by crapforks View Post
      Doumit has no iris. It's all pupil. he clearly is a demon of some sort. We could use some dark forces on this team. All hail RD, the spawn of satan.
      Hawk doesn't call us the "bad guys" for nothing...
    1. James Richter's Avatar
      James Richter -
      Every position player on the 25-man roster is now under team control for 2013. I take this as a signal that the FO is going to make an effort not to field a dreadful team next season.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      Quote Originally Posted by James Richter View Post
      Every position player on the 25-man roster is now under team control for 2013. I take this as a signal that the FO is going to make an effort not to field a dreadful team next season.
      Well now that's interesting. Hadn't really thought of it until you pointed it out. It very well might mean what you say it might mean...but regardless if it means anything or not, it's interesting (to me).
    1. minn55441's Avatar
      minn55441 -
      Doumit is the perfect compliment to Joe Mauer. Add in the fact that he is a switch hitter and I love this signing. Now lets find some pitching.
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Kubel is a better hitter, but Doumit's 'ability' to catch makes this a good deal to use him as a DH mostly. Though, this does mean that Butera is also a lock on the 25 man for the next two years, but if he continues to play like he has this year, I can stomach it while still disagreeing with the 3 catcher model.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Doumit is a good addition if they see him as a role player, third catcher and pinch hitter. They also should have offered this deal knowing they are likely seeing his peak performance as a Twin.

      If they see him as an every day player or DH, he will block any future solution. His spot on the team makes it very difficult to give Parmelee any playing time. Maybe they have assessed that Parmelee has little value for the future.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      His spot on the team makes it very difficult to give Parmelee any playing time. Maybe they have assessed that Parmelee has little value for the future.
      I don't understand why Parmelee is not at AAA getting at bats.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by glunn View Post
      I don't understand why Parmelee is not at AAA getting at bats.
      Riiiiiiiight.
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb!

      Why the hell are they giving multi year deals to injury-prone backup catchers? He's played well this season but that doesn't change he's a 31 year old defensively challenged injurty prone backup C/DH that the Twins felt they needed to lock.

      They could have moved him at the deadline or hell even keep him and figure out something in the off season, but there's not point to this extention. This is a move that stupid teams do.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb!

      Why the hell are they giving multi year deals to injury-prone backup catchers? He's played well this season but that doesn't change he's a 31 year old defensively challenged injurty prone backup C/DH that the Twins felt they needed to lock.

      They could have moved him at the deadline or hell even keep him and figure out something in the off season, but there's not point to this extention. This is a move that stupid teams do.
      I could understand this statement if the deal was 3 years/18 million or something like that, but its pretty hard to find anything to hate about a 2/7 deal.
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      Outside of Marquis (ugh) and Capps (more meh than anything), I like everything JR has done since the return.
      I wouldn't let that opinion out on this site, you might not make it through the day...
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb!

      Why the hell are they giving multi year deals to injury-prone backup catchers? He's played well this season but that doesn't change he's a 31 year old defensively challenged injurty prone backup C/DH that the Twins felt they needed to lock.

      They could have moved him at the deadline or hell even keep him and figure out something in the off season, but there's not point to this extention. This is a move that stupid teams do.
      Sure, I mean really: All of these at-bats should be going to Butera. What were the Twins thinking in locking up a flexible backup catcher that can hit for little money. Seriously!!!
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fire Dan Gladden View Post
      Sure, I mean really: All of these at-bats should be going to Butera. What were the Twins thinking in locking up a flexible backup catcher that can hit for little money. Seriously!!!
      Cause Son of Sal getting at-bats is what's gonna get this team back to being good again. Doumit isn't gonna make or break the future of this team so I don't understand why you sign a defensivly challenged catch/DH.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb!

      Why the hell are they giving multi year deals to injury-prone backup catchers? He's played well this season but that doesn't change he's a 31 year old defensively challenged injurty prone backup C/DH that the Twins felt they needed to lock.

      They could have moved him at the deadline or hell even keep him and figure out something in the off season, but there's not point to this extention. This is a move that stupid teams do.
      You'd rather see Butera out there? This is exactly what the Twins should be doing. Filling the roster with complementary players around Mauer & Co while still letting the young guys play. The Twins have a lot of free money this offseason to build a respectable pitching staff. Their bullpen looks good. The offense is decent. All they really need is starting pitching (admittedly the hardest thing to find).

      This was a great move by JR. Sign Doumit now and keep him through 2014 or trade him at the deadline. We complained that Smith sat on his hands last deadline. JR is doing the opposite and I welcome the change.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Cause Son of Sal getting at-bats is what's gonna get this team back to being good again. Doumit isn't gonna make or break the future of this team so I don't understand why you sign a defensivly challenged catch/DH.
      I think this is proof that JR believes the team will be ready to roll in either 2013 or 2014. It also makes sense given the latest draft. Keeping Doumit doesn't mean they can't go find a starting pitcher for Span. Denard, as beneficial as he is to the team, is somewhat redundant with Revere playing as well as he is.

      If this team keeps Liriano, finds a starter in trade for Span, Gibson pitches well and is ready for Minnesota next season, and then they dedicate $15m or so to a starting pitcher, the Twins could easily compete in the Central next season.

      It's a risk to try to rebuild this quickly but with Mauer in the middle of his prime, I can't fault JR for thinking that it can be done.
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