Twins agree to one-year deal with catcher Ryan Doumit
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The Minnesota Twins have found a back-up catcher, and maybe more.
A baseball source confirmed to 1500 ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson that the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal with Ryan Doumit. According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $3 million.
Doumit hit .303/.353/.477 with eight home runs in 236 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, and over the last two years he has played significant time in right field, first base and at catcher, his primary position.
Doumit's agent said last week that his client is open to play any and all of those three positions.
Doumit's presence should help the Twins fill an offensive void. In 996 plate appearances since 2009, Doumit, a switch-hitter, owns a .263/.327/.426 batting line with 31 home runs, and he owns a career .275/.336/.461 line against right-handed pitchers.
The Twins front office still hopes for Joe Mauer to catch as many games as possible in 2012, but Doumit -- who is not regarded as a top defensive catcher -- can fill-in on a semi-regular basis while also playing outfield and spelling Justin Morneau at first base.
It's also possible Doumit could wind up as a third catcher if the Twins choose to keep a more defensive-oriented backstop on the roster.
The major concern with Doumit is his injury history -- eight stints on the disabled list since 2006, including missing 57 games with a broken ankle in 2011.