Suzuki’s deal with Twins made official
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins officially announced Monday that they have signed catcher Kurt Suzuki, a Baldwin High School graduate, to a one-year deal for $2.75 million.
Suzuki, who agreed to the deal Friday, was a free agent after batting .232 with five home runs and 32 RBIs with the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics last season. He also threw out eight of 65 runners attempting to steal.
The 30-year-old Suzuki is expected to back up prospect Josmil Pinto, with Joe Mauer moving to first base.
In 840 games over seven major league seasons, Suzuki has a .253 average, with 67 home runs and 359 RBIs, and has thrown out 159 of 610 runners (26.0 percent) attempting to steal.
The Twins also finalized an $11 million, two-year deal with Mike Pelfrey. The right-hander went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts with Minnesota last season.