Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/30/12

Catcher Ryan Doumit looked like solid trade material for a rebuilding team. Instead, he and the Twins agreed

Friday to a two-year, $7 million contract extension that could keep him in Minnesota through 2014. "There's

no doubt in my mind we're going to right this ship, and I'm glad to know I'll be aboard when we do," Doumit

said. Doumit, 31, is a switch-hitting catcher batting .271 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs. He signed a

one-year, $3 million free-agent deal with the Twins last winter but said he was eager to stay as soon as he

got to spring training in mid-February.

"The last couple days it was brought to my attention they were interested in bringing me back, which was

very flattering, obviously," he said. "The feeling was mutual. I called my agent. I said, 'Let's get

something done. I love being here.' It's a great situation for me. It's a great clubhouse. There's a great

group of guys here. I'm excited to be here."

The deal gives the Twins some flexibility regarding C Joe Mauer, who has caught only 34 of 67 games this

season. Doumit also has been used as a designated hitter 22 times this season and started six games in

right field.

"My goal is going to be similar to what it is now, catching a bit here and there, DH a couple here and

there and outfield is always an option for me," he said. "So I'll bring my 19 gloves with me and keep

working. ... The bottom line is this is where I wanted to be and I'm very excited to know this is where

I'll be for the next couple years."

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