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.