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?