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  1. Seen on Bucs Dugout this morning: his nickname should be Dunkin’ Doumit, because “America Runs on Dunkin”.

    Comment by Robbie314 — December 16, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  2. Doumit for Brandon Wood. Gives the Halos an alternative to Mathis as well as a backup for Morales at 1st, Hunter and Abreu at the corners and another option for DH.

    Comment by Ryan S — December 16, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  3. I’d like to hear if buccos fans think his defense would be even worse or better in a back-up role, where perhaps the wear and tear would lessen. No-mitt is a severe underperformer as a starter, no doubt, but I’m slightly nagged by a feeling that he could be the kind of player that helpfully stretches a bench by being a hybrid back-up C/LF. He hits lefties decently IIRC, so a team like the Giants that likes to carry 12 pitchers might well benefit nicely from him, should PIT eat salary in a deal.

    Comment by Oddibe McBlauser — December 16, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

  4. His defense is better than what we saw last year. He’s still below average, but not quite that bad. If he’s played in the right situations, he can do a good job at the plate… I’d really rather the Bucs didnt give him away for peanuts for the following reasons:

    1. they have space for his salary. It sounds bad to pay that kind of money to be a backup C, but if you consider they need to pay a bunch to move him (as some have suggested), its not that bad, in the larger picture…

    2. He has value with the bat that a backup C cannot provide. If the Bucs give him away, his roster spot would go to a backup C, like Jaramillo. 0 value in bringing him up from the bench. No backup C is likely to provide more value than Doumit. If you think of your backup C as an important defensive replacement only, then you can get rid of Doumit.

    3. If he got reps in RF/1B (esp 1B), he’d be better than the deer-in-headlights we saw last year. Of course, with Overbay, thats moot in Pit.

    4. He can hit RHP. Likely better than most bench players.

    Comment by john sparrow — December 16, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  5. Doumit’s wOBA splits are .343 against righties and .305 against lefties for his career. The two seasons where he had 450+ PAs (2008 and 2010) were at complete opposite ends of the spectrum vs. lefties. In ’08 he was .365 against righties, .377 against lefties. In 2010 he was .363 against righties, .241 against lefties.

    Comment by Bill — December 16, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

  6. As the guy who made the Dunkin’ Doumit crack (hope that never gets back to him), I agree with john sparrow — the Pirates can afford his contract, and he’d be a better use of the roster spot than the other backup catchers they have — Jason Jaramillo gives away more with the bat than Doumit does with the glove, and Doumit provides some additional potential value as a pinch-hitter and RF backup. They shouldn’t deal him unless they can get someone at least moderately worthwhile.

    (Has to be an RF backup rather than LF — PNC’s left field is huge, and they need a real fielder in it.)

    Comment by matt w — December 16, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

  7. To answer your question about whether he would be better in part time duty, my answer is yes, from what I saw last year. After Snyder came over from the Diamondbacks, to me, Doumit noticeably improved behind the plate.

    In fact, considering that Snyder was not all that great defensively himself with the Pirates, I really didn’t notice much difference between the two when Doumit got spot starts.

    I would personally hate to see Doumit go if it was just a matter of salary relief. He’s going to be better than any other backup the Pirates can throw out there, and if he were given half the starts against RHPs, he could catch 50 games and put up some decent numbers.

    Comment by MarkInDallas — December 16, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  8. Would he have value as a backup catcher/bench player? Perhaps in the NL where he could get a lot more pinch-hit at-bats when he wasn’t behind the plate?

    Comment by Joshua Maciel — December 16, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  9. The problem with using your backup catcher as a pinch hitter is you then need an emergency catcher.

    Comment by Walter Guest — December 16, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

  10. That could work out well for the Giants. They don’t want to use Sandoval at C anymore, but it’s hard to find a better emergency C than a guy who legitimately played the position.

    Comment by NSCEGF — December 16, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

  11. If Huntington moves Doumit for pure salary relief and gets nothing worthwhile back, it’s completely inexcusable. You can’t spend 5M on Lyle Overbay and then tell me you can’t handle waiting a few months to move Doumit.

    Comment by Kirsh — December 16, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

  12. Neil Walker could play the same role for the Bucs. (Presumably he’d be in the game, but in the rare event that Doumit pinch-hits and Snyder gets hurt, Walker could move behind the plate and they could plug in their UT guy at second — currently Josh Rodriguez, I guess.)

    Comment by matt w — December 16, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  13. Hmm… So, he’d essentially be replacing Napoli. Except he’s not as good defensively OR offensively, so… ouch.

    Comment by Dag Gummit — December 17, 2010 @ 12:36 am

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    Comment by CarlosM7 — December 17, 2010 @ 9:45 am

  15. Doumit straight up for Joe Blanton. Everyone’s happy.

    Comment by Ruben Amaro — December 17, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  16. Aside from concurring that Doumit’s defense (not only throwing out baserunners, but also passed balls, etc) was much worse this past season than his usual – and therefore very likely to regress to a more acceptable level in ’11 – I want to make a note about the CS rates for ’10.

    For most of the period when Doumit was the Pirates’ everyday C, Dave Kerrigan was the pitching coach, and he was pretty much explicit about disregarding baserunners. Even lefties with good career records of holding runners were giving up SBs by the bushel. This was not primarily on Doumit, but on Kerrigan – the radio announcers talked about it constantly, and the newspaper beat writer concurred. When Kerrigan was fired and Ray Searage took over, there was an immediate change in approach towards baserunners, and the effects were visible. Unfortunately for Doumit, this was also the time when Snyder took over, so Doumit’s numbers didn’t see a big rebound. I can’t track down a CS rate by month, but I assure you that the Pirates as a whole did better in August and September than they had all year, and it wasn’t all due to Snyder.

    Final note: Doumit’s CS rates by year: 40, 27, 22, 27, 31, 12. Can you say “outlier”?

    Comment by JRoth — December 18, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

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