Former Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki has a new home for 2014. The 30-year-old backstop has joined the Twins on a one-year deal, a day after Minnesota traded Ryan Doumit to the Braves. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news.
Suzuki will earn $2.75 million next season playing for his third team in two years. Last year he made over $6 million splitting time in Oakland and Washington.
The Nationals acquired Suzuki in August of 2012 from the A’s and traded him back in August of 2013. He appeared in 122 total games for the Nats and was a member of their NL East-winning club two seasons ago.
A seven-year MLB veteran, Suzuki has a .253 career batting average. He hit .239 across two seasons with the Nationals with a .641 OPS.
Suzuki was a backup for the oft-injured Wilson Ramos, but once Ramos established himself, Suzuki was available for trade. The Nationals shipped him to Oakland for minor league pitcher Dakota Bacus.