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Pirates' and Doumit's 2011 Challenge


From MLBTR

Doumit has been anointed one of their "Make Or Break Year" candidates, and says that

It's hard to imagine a scenario that would keep Ryan Doumit in a Pirates uniform past the 2011 season.  Even if Doumit had a Jose Bautista-esque massive breakout next year, it would only hasten his depature from PNC Park, since the Bucs would jump at the chance to acquire some prospects for a suddenly-valuable asset.

They point out that the Buccos have tried unsuccessfully tried to trade him the past two winters, and will probably pay him the $500K buyout after this season.

Their suggestion for Ryan and the Pirates?

Doumit's best chance at playing time is a platoon with Snyder.  Doumit has a .796 career OPS against right-handed pitching, including an .832 OPS against righties last year.  (Snyder's career OPS against righties is just .687.)  The downside to that plan is Doumit's career-long defensive struggles as a catcher, which is why the Pirates tried him at other positions in the first place.

But where to play him?

Doumit is too much of a defensive liability to be an everyday catcher and a .796 OPS against right-handers isn't enough to sustain a full-time job at first base or in right field either. 

 

Look - we all know Doumit is, basically, toast as far as the Pirates are concerned. This post is to get your ideas of what to do with Doumit, and who you think - realistically - might trade for him. Try to keep it to baseball-type solutions, willya?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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