Behr: Shopping Ryan Doumit

It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made it their mission this offseason to rid themselves of Ryan Doumit.  It’s a task easier said than done, as the switch-hitting catcher comes with a $5.1 million dollar price tag and an extensive history of injuries. However, Doumit has shown signs of power (.501 SLG in 2008) that may tempt clubs to bite.

Here’s a list of a few teams that could use Doumit’s services behind the plate (2010 VORP; Doumit’s was 14.0):

Boston Red Sox

Catching tandem: Jason Saltalamacchia (0.1), Jason Varitek (3.6)

Colorado Rockies:

Catching tandem: Chris Iannetta (1.8), Jose Morales (-1.9)

New York Mets:

Catching tandem: Josh Thole (8.4), Ronny Paulino (3.0)

Philadelphia Phillies

Catching tandem: Carlos Ruiz (32.5), Brian Schneider (4.1)

Toronto Blue Jays

Catching tandem: Jose Molina (2.5), J.P. Arencibia (-2.3)

All are possible destinations for Doumit, but my guess is he lands in Beantown. Neal Huntington has a good relationship with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, and his bat could be a good fit in Terry Francona’s lineup.

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  • tgo13

    The Buccos best option is to trade Doumit to the AL.

    • Tom Smith

      I think the best option is to keep him, snyder the slumpdog millionare showed me very little, if he slumps again out of the gate at least we would have a viable backup plan in Doumit. It would also buy some time to gain value back for him, and maybe the market would grow by the deadline and something of value could be gained from Doumit rather than the reported return now of a couple o’ bags of sunflower seeds.

  • Eugene Tober

    How could anyone think Doumit is a viable back-up catcher? He isn’t a threat offensively batting right-handed and defensively he’s a liability.

    • Tom Smith

      Agree. He drove me absolutely nuts last year. Yet still had some games in the second half. I hate seeing him go for nothing in return is my only point. I would hate to fold on Doumit rather than playing the hand for a few months to see if there is any possible way to hit a small pot. What does waiting hurt man?

  • MarkInDallas

    Doumit was better behind the plate when he wasn’t playing there everyday. If Snyder and Doumit could share time, that would be the best option for the Bucs.

    We’re not going to get much for Doumit, and we’re not going to get much salary relief either. He’s expensive as a backup catcher, but the money’s already spent. We can’t give the house back to the bank because we’re upside down on it.