Braves Acquire Ryan Doumit

The Braves are acquiring C/OF Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins, according to several reports. The story was first broke by Jeff Passan, of Yahoo! Sports.

UPDATE: The Braves have made it official.

The trade will send LHP Sean Gilmartin to Minnesota in a 1 for 1 deal.

Doumit, 32, is a seasoned veteran, having spent the last two seasons in Minnesota after serving 7 years with the Pirates. Doumit turned in a .247/.314/.396 season in 2013, a bit down from his .268/.329/.438 career slash line. Doumit is entering the second year of his two-year, $7MM extension he signed in the summer of 2012, and will make $3.5MM in the coming season.

Gilmartin was selected by Atlanta in the first round of the 2011 draft. He entered the 2012 season as the Braves 5th best overall prospect. After a solid but unspectacular 2012 season, Gilmartin took a turn for the worse in 2013, pitching to a 5.06 ERA across 3 minor league levels. Gilmartin was likely the most expendable of the Braves’ pitching prospects, and likely held the least value on the trade market.

My thoughts on the trade:

I didn’t quite understand it at first glance, until I realized Eric Chavez has agreed to re sign in Arizona. Doumit brings a left handed bat with pop to the bench, something Frank Wren has expressed interest in several times over the offseason. While I would have preferred someone with a bit more defensive versatility, he also serves an option to platoon at catcher if Evan Gattis is unable to improve his plate discipline.

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  • Julien Benjamin

    I like the move, would love it even more if we moved Laird…. I’d wanted us to acquire Doumit last winter, so I’m happy he’s here now. Good, versatile player (even if his defense isn’t “good”), has some pop on his bat… switch-hitter.

    W/ Doumit, and Gamel signings, I’m not liking the chances for Terdo to stay up here, but it’s all good. SGM sucked anyway, we got a good bat back. Things will work out.

    • Brandon_Woodworth

      I don’t see Laird going anywhere. I see Doumit playing the same role Evan did last season when he and every other starter was healthy; spot starting at 3 different positions and pinch hitting. He’s a bench bat for us.

      Hopefully Fredi doesn’t start him in left in the playoffs…

      • carpengui

        If it’s anybody… it’s Gattis.

      • carpengui

        I’ll recant the prior “maybe they’re gonna trade Gattis!” thing.

        Now that I’ve had a couple of hours to mull it over, this has all the look of a bench depth deal.

        Braves bench now looks like:
        - 2 of Gattis/Doumit/Laird
        - Pena/Terdos/Schafer

        That’s really pretty stout… with multiple switch-hitters, to boot. Perhaps the strategy is to get the kid pitchers to keep us ‘in’ most of the games, then turn on the bench power (and bullpen, of course) to finish strong.

      • Sealift67

        If we thought Gattis was a bit rough with the glove Doumit
        is really bad. PH, yes and occasional but not in close games.
        There is also expectation for Gattis’ learning curve. Doumit
        will spend a lot of time in the bull pen, yet all things considered
        not a bad move for a team with a tight budget.

  • carpengui

    Whoa… didn’t see that one coming. But I have to admit that my first knee-jerk reaction is “this doesn’t smell like the only thing on the burner.”

    • carpengui

      Second reaction is “wonder if Gilmartin will pass the physical?”

  • rick staley

    i llike the deal especially because it definitely fits Wren’s budgetary constraints, fills the bench as a spot starter as Brandon alluded to, and is good for the clubhouse in general. have heard from other media circles that he is a natural leader and that’s important seeing we lost Hoss, Mac, Rossy, Huddy, and R.J. in last 16 mos. should help solidify bench since he is switch-hitter with more pop from left side. always seemed to hit well off Bravos while in Pittsburgh. best move of off season as far as additions…imho. Gilmartin would have probably been either a LH specialist or long reliever in the pen for the Bravos.

    • carpengui

      Right. Sean is/was in danger of being passed up by others in the pecking order, based on his 2013 season. If he rights the ship, then the Twins get a useful guy.

      • Benjamin Chase

        I’d guess it more of a Scott Diamond thing. He’ll rebound to post something nice for one season or even 3/4 of a season. Some fans will call for Wren’s head for a terrible trade, then Gilmartin will shrink back to himself and eventually be the guy looked at to DFA from the 40-man when the Twins get Lewis Thorpe to the majors to join Kohl Stewart, Jose Berrios, and Alex Meyer

        • carpengui

          The poster child trade like that was Wainwright for JD Drew… which at least seems to have had the effect of making the front office a lot more careful (too much?) with their young guns. That said, I had no problem with the trades involving Randall Delgado, Scott Diamond, Charlie Morton, and now Gilmartin.

    • Julien Benjamin

      I really really really doubt that SGM will get right, especially not while he’s still soft-tossing 85-87mph fastballs to MLB hitters, but we’ll see. Agree with most of what you said

  • carpengui

    That puts my estimate of the major league payroll to $92,223,000… with 7 arbitration cases pending/unsettled, and the pre-arb players estimated all at 500K. Also assumes no incentive bonuses for Gavin Floyd.

  • Chris Headrick

    I like this move, and I’m like Julien.. I hoped we’d get him last year. He fits a real need in my mind, beyond what has already been said… there are questions in my mind about Gattis behind the plate, and if there are issues there, Doumit adds a little depth. He also adds depth in the OF if BJ sucks again, which I personally anticipate. He was also on my fantasy team, but a concussion smacked my crew hard. Doumit has potential for pop for sure, and if he hadn’t had concussion issues, his numbers would be much better I suspect.

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    I should note that Doumit is a switch hitter, but bats a lot better from the left side, historically, HOWEVER last year he hit for much better contact as a right handed batter.

    • Benjamin Chase

      Last year was a pretty strong outlier as far as BABIP goes for him, especially from the left side.

  • Lee Trocinski

    First we pick up my comparison for Joey T, and now we pick up Gattis’ comparison. Doumit is really an emergency catcher but a decent bat for the bench and maybe passable in the corner OF. Not sure where Gamel fits in, unless he clears waivers and comes up during the season after an injury.

  • Ken Carroll

    After chewing this over for a few minutes, I like it; and the more I think about it, the more I like it.
    – Carrying three catchers gives Fredi more room to maneuver.
    – Doumit is only 32, but has nine years of MLB experience.
    – I seem to remember Doumit, from his Pirate years, being a dangerous hitter in clutch situations.

    On the other hand, I also remember that Gattis’s hitting is much better when he has regular at-bats.

    Overall, I like this. In fact, I like it a lot.