Twins sign Doumit to two-year extension

Twins sign Doumit to two-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins signed catcher Ryan Doumit to a two-year extension through the 2014 season, the club announced Friday. The extension is worth $7 million, and Doumit will make $3.5 million per year in '13 and '14.

Doumit, who joined the Twins this season on a one-year deal worth $3 million after playing seven seasons with the Pirates, said he was excited to remain in Minnesota for the next two years.

"I knew I wanted to, essentially Day 1," Doumit said. "The last couple days it was brought to my attention they were interested in bringing me back, which was very flattering obviously. The feeling was mutual. I called my agent. I said 'Let's get something done.' I love being here. It's a great situation for me. It's a great clubhouse. There's a great group of guys here. I'm excited to be here. There's no doubt in my mind we're gonna right this ship and I'm glad to know I'll be aboard when we do."

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the club wanted to keep Doumit because of his ability to serve as a backup to Joe Mauer while also providing offensive production and versatility.

"We did it because he's the ideal guy who can complement some of our guys on our roster," Ryan said. "He seems like a good fit for this club. He's here early. He's good in the clubhouse. Knock on wood, but he's been durable. He's got versatility. He's in the right league for sure. He has some sock in his bat. I guess all the reasons we signed him in the first place graduated to keeping him around here."

Doumit, 31, is hitting .271 with a .332 on-base percentage and .433 slugging percentage in 59 games. He also has seven homers and 32 RBIs in 203 at-bats.

He's seen action at catcher, in right field and as a designated hitter this year. He also played three innings at first base.

"My goal is going to be similar to what it is now," Doumit said. "Catching a bit here and there, DH a couple here and there and outfield is always an option for me. So I'll bring my 19 gloves with me and keep working whenever I can get in the lineup."

Doumit is a career .271/.334/.442 hitter with 74 homers and 298 RBIs in 670 games.

"I'm happy for him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's a worker. He grinds it out. He can play some outfield. He puts some nice swings on the ball. He's been big for our ballclub."