Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have extended catcher Kurt Suzuki through the 2016 season agreeing on a two-year contract. Suzuki will make $6-million in both 2015 and 2016. The deal also includes a $6-million vesting option for the 2017 season.
Suzuki, 30, has appeared in 89 games for the Twins this season, including 80 games behind the plate. The 2014 All-Star is hitting .304 (93-for-306) with 19 doubles, 41 RBI, 26 runs scored, 29 walks and a .367 on-base percentage, including a .313 batting average with runners in scoring position. Among AL catchers, he ranks first in batting average, on-base percentage and doubles, tied for second in hits and fourth in RBI and walks.
The nine-year veteran has played in 929 career games, hitting .257 (841-for-3267) with 171 doubles, 69 home runs and 400 RBI for Oakland, Washington and Minnesota.