Twins Sign Ryan Doumit

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 21: Ryan Doumit #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates waits in the dugout during the rain delay before the game against the Cincinnati Reds on August 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins and free agent Ryan Doumit agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal, as first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The deal reportedly includes undisclosed performance bonuses.

The signing didn't come out of no where, but came rather quickly; only two days ago the Twins expressed interest in Ryan Doumit because of his versatility. He can play backup to catcher Joe Mauer a day or two in the week, which is also something the team has been looking for. More importantly, he could fill a hole in right field if either outfielders Jason Kubel or Michael Cuddyer don't re-sign.

The 30-year-old hit .303/.357/.477 in 236 plate appearances for Pittsburgh last year. If he can hit at anything near that level in 2012, he's a major bargain. It's worth noting that Target Field isn't exactly a good fit for his right-handed power, though, so that combined with the move to a harder league will likely negatively impact his performance.

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