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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have reached a $3 million, one-year deal with former Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit.
The 30-year-old Doumit hit .303 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 77 games for the Pirates last season. He can also play first base and the outfield and should give the Twins some much-needed versatility and offensive pop.
The Twins announced the agreement Wednesday. How much playing time Doumit receives next season could depend on the health of star catcher Joe Mauer. Mauer missed much of last season with various leg injuries and illness.
The Twins used Rene Rivera and Drew Butera as the primary backups to Mauer last year. Rivera hit just .144 and Butera batted .167, providing little offense when Mauer was out.
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