Braves add Ryan Doumit to catcher mix

Braves add Ryan Doumit to catcher mix
December 18, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Brian McCann signing with the Yankees certainly leaves big shoes to fill at catcher for the Atlanta Braves, and on Wednesday they made a move to help that situation. 

The Braves acquired veteran backstop Ryan Doumit from the Twins in exchange for left-hander Sean Gilmartin. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

Doumit, 32, will help the transition from McCann to second-year pro Evan Gattis. Doumit played 135 games for the Twins last year and hit .247 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI.

In 2012 Doumit hit .275 with 18 homers and 75 RBI. He hit .303 the year before with Pittsburgh in 77 games.

Like Gattis, Doumit also plays some outfield with varying success. With Gerald Laird, the Braves now have three capable big league catchers, none of them as good as McCann of course.

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Doumit is set to make $3.5 million in 2014, the final year on his deal. He'll give the Braves another option behind the plate as they hope to groom Gattis for the position longterm.

Doumit is one of the few acquisitions the Braves have made this offseason. This week they also added starter Gavin Floyd, apparently waiting for the free agent market to play out. They did win 96 games last year and the NL East, and have plenty of young talent to spread around. So far though, they have been quiet while others have made headlines in the Hot Stove season.

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