With Joe Mauer’s catching days in question, the Twins signed a reliable back up in Ryan Doumit to a one year deal worth $3 million. Officially, he’s the backup to Mauer but my guess is he sees plenty of time behind the plate in 2012. He does have some versatility as well so he’ll probably play at first base and in the outfielder.
He’s a switch hitter and while he put up nice numbers last year, it was on limited time. He only played 77 games during the season because of a collision at home plate. He did hit .303 though and he sported an OPS of .830. In his career, he’s a .271 hitter.
In general, I like the move. It gives the Twins a bona-fide option at catcher at a spot where the Twins have plenty of question marks. Ideally Mauer catches 130 games but I don’t see that happening so Doumit will be there to fill in the gaps.
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