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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Ryan Doumit Signs With Twins

According to Jerry Crasnick, Ryan Doumit has signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins for $3 M plus undisclosed performance bonuses.  The move means that the Pirates will get a compensation pick in between the first and second rounds of the 2012 draft.

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Wasn’t it Doumit that hit the pitcher with the baseball trying to throw to second base two years ago?

Steve Glenn

2008 Doumit best season he plays a full season as catcher and produces a 3.5 WAR (4.0 Off, -0.5 Def), career (7 seasons) he’s a 6.1 WAR…Barajas best season was 2005 and he was a 2.0 WAR (1.9 Off, 0.1 Def), career 13 seasons 8.3 WAR….If Doumit averages 0.8 WAR for the next 6 seasons he will be at a 10.9 WAR in his 13th season…2.6 points higher than Barajas…

Lee Young

Doumit for a Comp pick……..good deal, Neal

Steve Glenn

I’m tired of hearing about how bad Doumit’s D was at catcher…He threw out 25% of baserunners for his career, compare that to Barajas (31%) or McKenry (25%) and it shows he isn’t that bad.

The real reason for hesitation is his history with injuries, there would be no question that he would be a better all-around catcher than Barajas or McKenry for 4 million.  If he stays healthy an entire year he can put up a .280, 20HR, 85RBI season…Twins got a steal.


Obviuosly you dont understand the caught stealing stat…That stat has alot more to do with the pitcher then it does with the catcher Besides, when refering to a catchers defense, you look more at passed balls and blocks(or lack there of) not to mention a catchers ability to handle a staff and call a good game. Doumit was never more then average at handling the staff and let way to many passed balls then his offense made up for. Yes, Doumit had a nice bat for a catcher but it doesn’t change the fact that he was about as good defensively as a garbage can would be if we set it behind the plate. Barajas’ 31% caught stealing rate is excellent whereas Doumit’s 25% is atrocious!!! Doumit is a decent backup with some pop off the bench and that is what the Twins paid him to be…nothing more and nothing less….


i would like to see his passed ball %

Todd Smith

I’m tired of hearing people use the caught stealing stat as the only metric for a catcher’s defense.

Doumit is a part-time player.  That’s what the Twins got, and they paid him appropriately.  Hardly a steal.

Matthew Dolter

this is a big if. he has never come close to those numbers


Apparently the people that thought the Pirates should keep Doumit for 15mil were a little off.
I think if he could have shown that he could stay healthy and caught a little better he would have done much better than 3mil.
Doumit leaving shows the Pirates thinking on defense vs hitting from the catching position. I am sure  they would love to have a catcher that can hit 300 and hit 20 hrs., but if they can’t they will go for the defense, since Sanchez is already a good defensive catcher, IMO, he will start at AAA next year and if all goes well, be here by the middle of 2012, he will have to hit some to get here, but IMO he won’t have to hit 300 to get here.

Vicente Barletta

Obviously things turned sour between Doumit and the Pirates. I would have prefer to keep Doumit at 4M than Barajas. Or maybe if Doumit rejected a similar contract with the Dodgers, it means he is positioning himself as a DH for the rest of his career.


I don’t think he has much choice but to DH for rest of his career.  

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