Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:08:33 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto made the roster as a backup to C Kurt Suzuki. Pinto had a slash line of .342/.398/.566 with four home runs, five doubles and 12 RBIs in 21 games last year as a September call-up. The Twins think it'll be beneficial for Pinto to work with Suzuki and bench coach Terry Steinbach on his game-calling and defensive skills.
Fantasy Tip: Pinto may be worth stashing in AL-only leagues that are deep and require two starting catchers. Otherwise, he's unlikely to see enough time to be very valuable.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:34:33 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki (foot) was hit on the right foot by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning in the Grapefruit League spring game Wednesday, March 5. He was checked out by a trainer, but stayed in the game. However, he departed in the top of the fifth inning.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:45:44 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Josmil Pinto (shoulder) said he's throwing pain-free after having shoulder weakness while playing winter ball this offseason. He's playing catch from 150 feet and throwing to the bases without problems. This spring he'll work to improve on his defense to prove he's ready to catch in the majors. C Kurt Suzuki is expected to see most of the starts behind the dish, and Pinto could start the season at Triple-A Rochester. However, manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't mind seeing Pinto serve as the backup.
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:26:27 -0800
Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan expects C Kurt Suzuki to be the team's starting catcher in 2014, and he's not sure who will back him up.
Fantasy Tip: The offensively challenged Suzuki is a second catcher in two-catcher formats. This is troubling news for those hoping to snag Josmil Pinto as a sleeper in early drafts.
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:25:18 -0800
Updating previous items, the $2.75 million contract signed by Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki contains incentives. Suzuki's bonus plan kicks in with a $100,000 bonus for starting 85 games behind the plate. Starts at designated hitter or another position don't count. Suzuki can earn $100,000 more with his 95th start, followed by bonuses of $150,000 apiece for making 105 and 115 starts. Should Suzuki be selected to his first All-Star Game this July at Target Field, he would be paid an additional $25,000 incentive bonus.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:53:45 -0800
The Minnesota Twins officially announced the signing of C Kurt Suzuki Monday, Dec. 23. Suzuki's two-year deal is worth $2.75 million, and he is expected to serve as a mentor to C Josmil Pinto.
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:10:03 -0800
Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki will serve as the backup catcher to C Josmil Pinto next season.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:31:31 -0800
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Twins C Kurt Suzuki agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal with incentives.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:48:10 -0800
The Minnesota Twins agreed with free-agent C Kurt Suzuki (Athletics) to an undisclosed deal, pending a physical.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:51:54 -0800
The Seattle Mariners have shown interest in free-agent C Kurt Suzuki (Athletics).