The Minnesota Twins officially announced on Friday they have signed catcher Ryan Doumit to a two-year, $7 million contract extension. The deal will, at least in theory, keep Doumit in a Twins uniform through the 2014 season.
The Twins signed Doumit to a one-year, $3 million contract via free agency last offseason after he spent his first seven big league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Through his first at-bat in Friday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals, Doumit was hitting .275 with seven home runs and 33 RBI along with 12 doubles and 22 runs scored as he has primarily played catcher and served as a designated hitter after a brief experiment in right field early in the season. His greatest value has been as a second catcher behind Joe Mauer, allowing the Twins to field a better offensive lineup on the days Mauer himself is the designated hitter or plays first base.
Doumit may have been one of the more coveted players on the Twins’ roster as July’s trade deadline nears, but that looks unlikely with the ink still being fairly fresh on this contract extension. But the overall cost of the contract would not be prohibitive to a trade down the road if the team wants to go that route.