The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and Scott Boras is on the prowl.
It can mean only one thing.
It’s November in Pittsburgh and it’s time for the front-office to rid the ballclub of any remaining veteran talent.
Unfortunately, general manager Neal Huntington doesn’t have much veteran talent left after jettisoning Freddy Sanchez, Adam LaRoche, Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, John Grabow, Ian Snell, and Jack Wilson over the summer.
With limited veterans left to ship out of town, it only makes sense that recent reports indicate the Pirates “would not hesitate” to move 28-year-old catcher, Ryan Doumit.
Pittsburgh would be selling low on the switch-hitter who is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he only appeared in 75 games.
Doumit posted a .250/.299/.414 line while suffering from a myriad of injuries including a broken wrist, a mild concussion, and various back ailments.
The oft-injured Doumit is, however, just one year removed from a .318/.357/.501 campaign in which he hit 15 home runs and 34 doubles, all while playing primarily behind the plate.
In addition to his work behind the plate, Doumit also has experience in right field and at first base. His UZR—the current stat du jour—is below average at first base, but grades out well above average in right field.
Doumit reportedly drew plenty of interest at the General Manager Meetings last week and would make sense for a number of clubs looking to fill holes.
His price tag makes him even more intriguing as he’s only owed $3.55 million in 2010 and $5.1 million in 2011. He has two club options priced at $7.25 million and $8.25 million for 2012 and 2013, respectively.
He has some legitimate power potential and despite his propensity for injuries, could find himself atop the wish list of many clubs this offseason.
Here’s a quick look at six teams that could conceivably be in the mix for Doumit.
Check out the slideshow at BleacherReport.com.