Pirates Stepping up Efforts to Trade Doumit

The Pirates have increased their efforts to trade Doumit following the addition of Overbay.

Following the signing of Lyle Overbay, Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are stepping up their efforts to trade catcher Ryan Doumit.  Doumit will make $5.1 M in 2011, and after the addition of Overbay, will move to the bench as a very expensive backup catcher.

Doumit’s market value might have seen an increase recently, after the Yankees signed Russell Martin.  Doumit and Martin are both very similar players over the last few years.  Doumit has a .251/.318/.410 line over the last two seasons, combined with poor defense behind the plate and injury issues.  Martin also has a .249/.350/.330 line over the last two seasons, poor defense, and injury concerns.

The Pirates will likely have to pick up a large portion of Doumit’s salary in order to get any sort of value in return.  If Doumit is traded, Jason Jaramillo would likely take his spot on the major league roster as the backup catcher.  The Pirates currently have two open spots on the 40-man roster, with three players who need to be added soon (Overbay, Matt Diaz, and Kevin Correia).  A Doumit trade could clear that needed spot, although they could remove someone like Chris Leroux in the short term.  Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates hope to finalize the Diaz contract today, and that before finalizing Correia’s contract, they have to remove a player from the roster, with Biertempfel mentioning Doumit as the likely possibility.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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I think the Bo Sox can be a spot for Doumit, since they lost out on Martin


Agreed Red sox could be in if they dont feel salty will be good enough


i think Neal is making a real effort to improve the teams defOverbays bat is probably = to G Jones but with great def. ? Is who’s a taker for Doumit now Toronto dodgers cards.

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