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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New addition Kurt Suzuki was one of eight Twins catchers who officially reported to the club's Spring Training complex on Sunday.

Suzuki, who signed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million plus incentives in December, is projected to be the club's primary catcher this season with Joe Mauer moving to first base because of his concussion sustained while catching in August. Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer are expected to compete to be Suzuki's backup.

"I was looking for an opportunity, and this was the best place for me, and I think it gives me an opportunity to win, too," Suzuki said. "The last few years haven't gone the right way, but playing against Minnesota throughout my career, I remember every September they were in contention for the AL Central."

Suzuki, who has a combined seven years of big league experience with the A's and the Nationals, said he was most looking forward to getting to know the pitchers and their tendencies during Spring Training. Bullpen sessions were set to begin Monday.

"The quicker we can do that the better," Suzuki said. "I think it'll be fun, though. I'm excited about it. We have some pretty good arms."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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