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Twins Sign Ryan Doumit

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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.