Ryan Doumit agrees to two-year contract extension with Twins
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins and catcher Ryan Doumit have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract extension that runs through the 2014 season.
Doumit said this afternoon that the deal might be completed before Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals and that turned out to be the case.
"The last couple days it was brought to my attention that they were interested in bringing me back, which is very flattering," Doumit said. "Obviously the feeling was mutual. I called my agent and said, 'Let's get something done.' I love being here. This is a great situation for me, it's a great clubhouse. ...
"I'm excited to be here. There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to right this ship, and it's good to know I'm going to be aboard when we do."
Doumit signed a one-year, $3 million free-agent deal with the Twins in November after spending his first seven big-league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
It was expected the Twins would try to sign Doumit to extension before the July 31 trade deadline or else they would have had to consider dealing him if he wanted to test the free-agent market this offseason.
Doumit, 31, is hitting .271/.332/.443 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 59 games this season. Doumit also brings versatility to the Twins and has the ability to catch, play first base and the outfield or serve as the designated hitter.
Since arriving to the big leagues in 2005 Doumit has never played on a winning team.