The Sports Xchange, Published December 18 2013
Twins trade Doumit to Braves for pitching prospectMINNEAPOLIS – The Atlanta Braves picked up catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday for left-handed pitching prospect Sean Gilmartin.
Doumit, 32, bolsters the Braves catching depth after Brian McCann left via free agency for the New York Yankees. The versatile Doumit also plays first base and the outfield.
The switch-hitting Doumit batted .247 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 135 games for the Twins in 2013. The previous year with Minnesota, Doumit had career highs of 18 homers and 75 RBIs.
Doumit’s addition will give the Braves a third option behind the plate along with Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird.
The 23-year-old Gilmartin, who was the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft, struggled with shoulder problems during the 2013 season in the minor leagues. In three years in the minors, he has a 12-20 record with a 4.23 ERA.
According to Fox Sports, the Twins are looking at catchers Kurt Suzuki and John Buck as a replacement for Doumit.