Rumors of his ‘death’ have been greatly exaggerated.
With rumblings going around the Atlanta Braves organization that Ryan Doumit was finished catching, many were left speculating where Doumit exactly would fit in with the club. The backstop was traded by Minnesota to Atlanta for a minor-leaguer and will earn $3.5 million while playing for the Braves.
The rumors came about after comments that Doumit allegedly made to Twins teammate Brian Dozier, with Ryan stating that he had talked the decision over with his family and he was finished catching. Doumit had suffered a concussion after being hit with a foul tip, and while the decision may have been understandable, it certainly was a bit of a surprise to the Braves organization. The acquisition of Doumit was done as insurance in the event that last year’s rookie standout Evan Gattis had struggles, but as Keith Law said when this story broke, Doumit really just becomes an expensive bench player that Atlanta can’t afford.
On Sunday, Doumit’s agent was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His agent stated that it would have been interesting to see how Atlanta responded, but the rumors going around that his days as catcher were over were very untrue. Doumit has experience at first base and in the outfield, but has started the majority of his games in his career behind the plate, where he holds a .987 fielding percentage.