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O/T: Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit from Twins

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Posted: 12/18/2013 2:56 PM

O/T: Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit from Twins 


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Source: #Twins get LHP Sean Gilmartin from #Braves for C/OF Ryan Doumit. Doumit to ATL first reported by @JeffPassan.

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Posted: 12/19/2013 11:46 AM

Re: O/T: Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit from Twins 


Reports indicate that the Minnesota Twins have shipped switch-hitting, part-time catcher Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves for Lefty Starter Sean Gilmartin, their then-4th-best prospect according to MLB.com.

Gilmartin comes as an addition to an already-loaded Twins' farm system, as MLB.com ranks him as the 13th-best prospect in Minnesota. He'll likely start 2014 with the Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate. He will get the chance to rebound after a disappointing 2013 campaign, which saw him average 5.74 earned runs per nine innings at the Triple-A level, his biggest sample size in 2013. He started 17 games at this level, pitching in a total of 91 innings. He averaged 6.43 K/9 while averaging 3.26 BB/9. Gilmartin doesn't showcase an overpowering fastball as it sits in the upper 80s, but features an above average changeup and slider. He also mixes in a curveball, but isn't known for relying on it. This information can be found on MLB.com, under the Twins' profiles of their 20-best prospects.

Ryan Doumit and his total salary expense of $3.5 million will be headed to Atlanta, tweets Darren Wolfson. He will likely spend most of his time at catcher, rotating with the likes of Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird, though Doumit spent limited time as a corner outfielder in Minnesota, and may continue to do so in Atlanta. Doumit, who's role with the Twins was frequently the designated hitter, will not be able to fullfill this role often now that he'll be primarily playing in National League parks. Not known for his defense, Doumit put up solid offensive numbers as a Twin, hitting 32 home runs in 1,066 total plate appearances. He held a batting average of about .260 during this span.

Terry Ryan and Co. likely now plan on using Josmil Pinto at catcher in an increased capacity during the 2014 season. Pinto showed through a limited 83 plate appearances in 2013 that he may be above average offensively as a hitter, though he may need to improve his defensive play to be considered the everyday backstop. Pinto impressed during his short stint at the major-league level in 2013, compiling a triple-slash line of .342/.398/.566. He hit a total of 4 home runs, batted in 12 runs and was able to score 10 times during this stint, though an inflated .440 batting average on balls put in play (BABIP) may indicate that he was particularly lucky and may experience a regression of some sort in 2014.

This trade will currently go down as a somewhat low-profile deal, but has the potential to be significantly impacting to both teams. The Twins continue to add to their highly-regarded farm system in their pursuit of heightened-future success as a club, hoping that Gilmartin is an impact-type player come time for a playoff run. The Braves add to their already-playoff-caliber club an offensively dangerous veteran who can contribute immediately, and at a reasonable price.


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Posted: 12/19/2013 11:47 AM

Re: O/T: Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit from Twins 


Braves side of house:

By Carroll Rogers
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After a season of having three catchers at manager Fredi Gonzalez’s disposal, the Braves have decided they want to do it again. The team traded for veteran catcher Ryan Doumit, sending minor leaguer pitcher and former first round draft pick Sean Gilmartin to the Minnesota Twins.

Doumit, a veteran of nine seasons with the Twins and Pirates, gives the Braves the flexibility they want from a third catcher and provides a veteran left-handed power source off the bench. Doumit can play both corner outfield spots, as well as first base.

“We saw last year by having that third catcher it gave Fredi the flexibility to use two of our very best pinch hitters in the game and two of our very best pinch hitters are (Evan) Gattis and (Gerald) Laird,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “And by having that third catcher you can utilize all three of them.”

Wren said the Braves’ stance has not changed, that Gattis is still their “frontline catcher” after the departure of Brian McCann. Laird provides the Braves their best defensive option behind the plate and is still considered their No. 2. But now Doumit is a versatile piece to fill out the Braves’ bench, something Wren has proven to be adept at constructing in recent years.

Wren said the Braves have had discussions with the Twins for about a week on this front.

“When we sat down in our meetings on Monday, with all of our baseball people – we had about 15 people in the room – it was pretty much unanimous that this was the guy that would make us the best baseball team that was out there,” Wren said. “Of all the free agents and all the trade possibilities.”

Doumit, 32, is a career .268 hitter with 99 home runs. He has also hit .262 for his career as a pinch hitter. He is a switch-hitter who has reached double-figures in home runs in five of the past six seasons. He has played most of his career behind the plate (639 starts) but has also seen time in right field (89 starts), first base (32 starts) and left field (16).

Doumit had an off year in 2013, hitting .247 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs but a career-year in 2012, his first with the Twins, hitting .275 with a career-best 18 home runs and 75 RBIs. Doumit is in the final year of a three-year $10 million contract. He’s making $3.5 million in 2014.

Gilmartin was drafted 28th overall by the Braves out of Florida State in 2011 but as he approached the upper levels of the Braves minor league system, other prospects began passing him over.

Gilmartin went 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett last season, which included two months out with shoulder tendinitis. He was back healthy at the end of the season, though, making four more starts. Wren said Gilmartin joins the Twins with a clean bill of health.

“You always have to give up something to get something and Sean Gilmartin - I think he’s going to pitch in the big leagues,” Wren said. “I think we have some depth there. I think guys specifically guys like Alex Wood have kind of jumped over him. So it’s one of those situations where I think it might be best for Sean to get a fresh opportunity.”
One prospect this trade will have no bearing on, Wren said, is top catching prospect Christian Bethancourt.

“When he’s ready to be our catcher, he’ll be our catcher,” Wren said. “We think he is our catcher of the future and when he earns that, he’ll be in a spot to take over that role. But none of us know whether that’s going to be this year or next year.”

has made consecutive appearances in the Futures All-Star game. He’s known for his rare athleticism behind the plate, a strong arm and above-average speed, which is highly uncommon for his position.

The Braves plan to send Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett this season hoping to see continued improvement offensively. They liked the strides he took in Double-A Mississippi, where Bethancourt hit .277 with 21 doubles and 12 home runs, after hitting .243 with five doubles and two home runs in an injury-riddled 2012 season in Double-A.

Going forward, if Bethancourt shows he’s ready to make the jump to the majors as early as this season, the Braves could trade one of the veterans playing ahead of him.

The Braves left last week’s winter meetings still hoping to add depth to their rotation, which they did by signing Gavin Floyd on Monday, and adding to their bench, which the Doumit trade accomplishes. Their highest remaining priority – bullpen depth - is not as pressing.

“We have a good bullpen right now, so anybody we add to that bullpen is going to knock somebody we presently have in the bullpen out,” Wren said. “So it’s not like we have holes that have to be filled.”

The Braves have expressed interest in re-signing free agent pitcher Eric O’Flaherty to a one-year contract, and

O’Flaherty has expressed interest in returning, but he’s still exploring his options. O’Flaherty is expected to return from Tommy John surgery sometime in May.

“We’d love to have him back, but a lot of that is going to depend on if clubs feel like they can overlook the Tommy John surgery and give him multi-year,” Wren said. “I think that’s going to be the motivating factor.”

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