Pirates Sign Doumit To 3 Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have agreed to terms with catcher Ryan Doumit on a three year contract, with a club option to extend the deal through the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Doumit established career highs in every offensive category in 2008 while making a career-high 106 appearances behind the plate. He hit .318 overall with 34 doubles, 15 home runs and 69 RBI while leading all National League catchers with a .323 batting average. In addition, Doumit led the N.L. with a .407 average with runners in scoring position and ranked third in the Major Leagues in that department.

"We are very pleased that we were able to work out an agreement that could result in Ryan Doumit remaining in a Pirates uniform through the 2013 season," said Bucs GM Neal Huntington. "Ryan had a breakout season in 2008 and has positioned himself to be a key piece for us as the organization moves forward."

Doumit has also agreed to make a sizable annual donation to Pirates Charities as part of his agreement with the ballclub. Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2006, Pirates Charities is the club's official philanthropic arm that is committed to strengthening the community through the three core areas of youth health, fitness and education.

The 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 2005 and has been a member of the big league club in each of the last four seasons.

"This is something that's beyond my wildest dreams," Doumit said. "I didn't look at it as a risk. I was flattered. This is a three-year major-league contract; I couldn't wait to sign. I could see how it could be a risk to them with my injury list, but I didn't think it was a risk at all for me."

Doumit is looking forward to a productive 2009 campaign.

"I want to be reliable," Doumit said. "I'm not saying that I need to hit .318 or higher in order for it to be a successful year. I want to be counted on and be a big part of this team."

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