With a solid first half and an expiring contract, the Minnesota Twins have officially locked up catcher Ryan Doumit to a new two-year $7 million contract.
Minnesota broke the news just before the team’s series opener on with the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
The 32-year-old was only signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, but after hitting a sold .271 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in his first season with the Twins, the team has obviously recognized his importance to the franchise’s future, as an aging Joe Mauer continues to show of slowing.
Plugging the switch-hitting Doumit in behind the plate also gives manager Ron Gardenhire the option of playing Mauer at first base and DH to try to reduce the risk of injury.
Mauer has caught in only half of his 66 games through Thursday.
Doumit also has some extra worth, as he has been used as a designated hitter 22 times this season and started six games in right field.