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Friday, June 19, 2009
What should Bucs do with Doumit?

Yes, it's the question that's burning through the highways and byways of the Keystone State: What should the Pirates do with Ryan Doumit when he comes off the DL? Dejan Kovacevic lays (almost) everything out:
Well, yeah. Doumit's a pretty good hitter. He's also 28, and it's quite possible that we saw his best last year. Granted, maybe getting out from behind the plate would help some. But if I were the Pirates, I don't know that I would bet on it. There's a pretty good chance that within a year or two, Doumit won't hit enough to play first base, or right field.

Maybe the Pirates should trade Adam LaRoche. And here's a thought: Maybe they should trade Ryan Doumit, too. Let's assume he comes back strong in a few weeks ... Wouldn't a power-hitting catcher who's under club control through 2013 be attractive to at least a few teams with prospects to spare?

Jaramillo and Diaz are both playing over their heads. But if the Pirates really and truly believe that Tony Sanchez is their Catcher of the Future, there's little sense in hanging on to Doumit for another four years. Or for that matter, for another four weeks.