With Joe Mauer permanently moved to first base, the Minnesota Twins needed a catcher this offseason.
They put their feet in the free agent pool and found themselves in discussions with a handful of players though found their first few targets a bit too pricey. That eventually lead to the Twins signing former Oakland Athletics backstop Kurt Suzuki, who is the likely favorite for the starting catcher job:
“He’s going to be the type of guy who will make up a good combination with the other catchers we’ve got,” Twins GM Terry Ryan said of Suzuki. “I would say he could get the bulk of the innings, but that will be decided as we go, depending on what Fryer and Pinto and Herrmann do.
“[Suzuki’s] makeup, his background, you cannot find anyone who will say anything bad about him.”
That news will likely disappoint some Twins fans who were hoping to see the young Josmil Pinto behind the dish as he’s by far the most offensively talented catcher in the organization.
However, questions remain about his defense and given the Twins spending this offseason, it’s clear they’re trying to put a winning team on the field.