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Updated: November 23rd, 2011 10:17am
Notebook: Twins consider Doumit a catcher; Perkins will not close

Notebook: Twins consider Doumit a catcher; Perkins will not close

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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On Wednesday the Twins officially announced the signing of catcher Ryan Doumit to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Regarding Doumit's positional flexibility, general manager Terry Ryan said in a conference call, "First and foremost we consider Ryan a catcher," but he added that a large part of the appeal was Doumit's ability to play first base, right field and DH.

Doumit admitted that first base is the position he feels least comfortable at, but he is willing to play anywhere.

One problem with Doumit is his rich injury history -- eight disabled list stints since 2005, including missing 57 games last season with a broken ankle he sustained in a home-plate collision.

"I feel like I've been snake-bit," Doumit said when asked about injuries. And he has a point. Doumit's last two DL stints -- 57 games last year and 15 games in 2010 -- were due to the broken ankle and a concussion.

Perkins won't close

In the wake of Joe Nathan's departure, the Twins are in search of a new closer. The logical in-house replacement is left-hander Glen Perkins, who posted a 2.48 ERA with 65 strikeouts and only 16 non-intentional walks in 61 2/3 innings last season.

But Ryan made it clear Perkins will not be the closer in 2012.

"I think it's a little bit early," Ryan said, referring to Perkins' experience level.

"History says you might want to have somebody with experience... Usually people pitch themselves into that position."

That may or may not be true, but either way Perkins is probably more valuable in the seventh and eighth innings, where he can provide more versatility. By pitching only in the ninth inning, Perkins -- the team's best reliever -- would likely only pitch when the Twins lead, and many of those leads will be two- or three-run leads.

As a set-up guy, Perkins will pitch in tied games, games where the Twins trail by a run, and he'll enter games to put out fires.

Cuddyer, Kubel to be offered arbitration

The deadline for teams to offer their own free agents arbitration is at 11 p.m. Wednesday, and Ryan confirmed the Twins plan to offer arbitration to Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel, but not Matt Capps.

In order to be eligible for draft-pick compensation, the Twins must offer arbitration to Cuddyer and Kubel. If those players choose to decline arbitration and wind up signing elsewhere, the Twins would receive draft picks.

In Capps' case, the Twins have no reason to offer arbitration. With the announcement of a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday, Major League Baseball made some modifications to the current free-agent rankings.

Capps was among a handful of players demoted from Type-A to Type-B. Ordinarily the Twins would still have to offer Capps -- who made $7.5 million last season -- arbitration to be eligible for compensation, but the new rule allows them to receive a draft pick either way.

So instead of running the risk of Capps accepting arbitration, and an inflated salary, the Twins have chosen to continue discussions for a (presumably) cheaper contract.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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