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Twins sign Kurt Suzuki to two-year extension with third year option

Twins sign Kurt Suzuki to two-year extension with third year option

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Twins have agreed to a contract extension with catcher Kurt Suzuki, the team confirmed.


Ken Rosenthal originally reported the extension. Tim Brown outlined the third year vesting option.

Suzuki is in the middle of a career year at age 30, hitting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He's often lauded by the pitching staff, who says he's among the best defensive catchers.

He's unlikely to maintain that offensive production, but this gives the organization a starting option after Josmil Pinto struggled behind the plate in the first part of the year. 

If the Twins could have cashed in Suzuki's unexpectedly great production for a prospect at the trade deadline, it may have been wise to do so. But this contract doesn't break the bank and they may have needed to explore a free-agent catcher this offseason anyway. Now they won't have to.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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