Twins trade Ryan Doumit to Braves in exchange for left-handed pitcher
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The Twins have traded Ryan Doumit for pitching, according to national reports. The team onfirmed the deal. They'll move Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves, which was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Source: Atlanta finalizing deal to acquire catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit from Minnesota.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 18, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the return is left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin.
The Braves will pay all of Doumit's 2013 salary, $3.5 million, according to 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson.
Doumit played catcher, outfielder an DH for the Twins, but wasn't partcularily good at any of them. He missed time with a concussion last season. He finished 2013 with 538 at-bats, over which he hit .247/.314/.396.
He struggled to hit righties in 2013, with a triple slash line of .229/.301/.391, compared to leftie, against whom he hit .290/.346/.407.
The recent signing of Jason Kubel might have made him expendable, as it appears the Twins could use Kubel as a part-time bench bat to hit righties.
Gilmartin, meanwhile, struck out 6.43 per nine innings in for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in 2013. He walked 3.26 per nine. If traditional stats are your thing, he went 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA in 91 innings for the Braves' Triple-A club.
He was the Braves' first-round draft pick in 2011 out of Florida State University.
The move also rids the Twins' roster of a catching option. Rosenthal reports that they're still have veteran free agents on their radar.
Sources: Free-agent catchers Buck, Suzuki on #Twins' radar. Fryer, Hermann, Pinto are catchers currently on team's 40-man roster.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 18, 2013
The Twins 40-man roster now has 39 players on it.