Originally written on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 11/19/11
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There had been talk yesterday that the Mariners were one of the teams trying to land catcher Ryan Doumit. Instead, he wound up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Twins. Not a huge loss for the Mariners. And don't let the numbers fool you. As good as some of Doumit's stats looked last year, he has essentially become a part-time player and that's pretty much what he would have been in Seattle. A part-time catcher to spell Miguel Olivo, but primarily another first base/DH type of bat off the bench or to rest certain guys. Now, there's nothing wrong with the Mariners going after these types of role players to round out their bench. But at $3 million, that would have been pretty steep for a guy who looks more like a rich man's Chris Gimenez than a poor man's Prince Fielder (the 1B/DH part, not the catching, clearly). In baseball, it's important to make the distinction between part-time players and full-time guys who can go the distance. We saw that this season with Adam Kennedy, w...
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