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The Braves trade for Ryan Doumit

Ryan Doumit

Minnesota Twins’ Ryan Doumit loses his bat on a swing in the fourth inning of a baseball game the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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This is pretty unexpected:

Source: Atlanta finalizing deal to acquire catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit from Minnesota.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 18, 2013


Rosenthal reports that the Braves are sending back lefty Sean Gilmartin.

Doumit, a catcher and outfielder who does neither of those things at all well but who has been known to hit a little, wouldn’t seem to have much of a place in the Braves’ lineup. Evan Gattis -- who is like a baby Ryan Doumit when you think about it -- is catching and the outfield is covered with the Uptons and Heyward. Gerald Laird is the backup catcher. They don’t have a DH, obviously. All I can think is that Fredi Gonzalez could use Doumit like they used Gattis last year: in left field if and when B.J. Upton stinks.

As it is, Doumit hit .247/.314/.396 for the Twins last season. In the three seasons before that, however, he hit ..272/.331/.444. And it’s not like Target Field killed him. He was basically the same player on the road as he was at home. He makes $3.5 million this year.

Gilmartin is 23 and does not appear to be much of a prospect, posting a combined record 12-20 with a 4.23 ERA in 53 minor league starts over three seasons.