The Minnesota Twins announced today that recently signed veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki will be the teams primary catcher according to Mike Berardino on Twitter.
TR basically anoints Suzuki the starting catcher. “Not sure who’s going to back him up.”
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) January 24, 2014
I thought the Twins were going to hand everyday duties to Josmil Pinto after moving Joe Mauer to first base. A move that will be permanent starting this year. When Minnesota was looking to add a catcher behind Pinto, I figured it would be between Suzuki and former Chicago Cub (now Toronto Blue Jay), Dioner Navarro.
Chicago was also interested in signing Suzuki as a back up for Welington Castillo, but Minnesota beat them to the punch and pulled him from the market. Now they may not get a whole lot of offense from Suzuki, but he’s still a great defensive player.
Nothing has been decided on what they will do with Pinto, but he will more than likely end up backing him up or starting out the season with their Triple-A affiliate.