Report: Twins give catcher Kurt Suzuki a one-year deal
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The Twins continue to move closer to their 2014 opening day roster construction. The team on Friday agreed to a one-year deal with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle.
The deal is pending a physical, Slusser tweeted.
The Kurt Suzuki deal with the #Twins is pending a physical.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 20, 2013
But that could come relatively soon, perhaps as early as Friday.
The Twins had been linked in reports to enough veteran catchers that it seemed likely they'd sign one, perhaps to share time behind the plate with young catcher Josmil Pinto.
Suzuki, 30, is not nearly as valuable as he once was. He hit .232/.290/.337 in 316 plate appearances between Oakland and Washington in 2013.
We'll have more analysis of the deal as details emerge, likely later in the day Friday.
UPDATE: Multiple outlets, including Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, have reported that the deal is for one year at $2.75 million and includes incentive bonuses.