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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.
He's simply getting some rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place. May 24 - 11:24 AM

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Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Chris Herrmann is behind the dish Sunday in Suzuki's place.
May 17 - 11:08 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Friday's win over the Indians.

Two of Suzuki's three hits went for doubles. They were his first two doubles of the season. After a .288/.345/.383 campaign in 2014, the veteran catcher has struggled to keep his average up in his second go-round with the Twins. He came into the game hitting just .213/.286/.299.
May 9 - 12:50 AM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off. Chris Herrmann is at catcher Sunday in Suzuki's place.
May 3 - 11:11 AM

Kurt Suzuki belted his second home run of the season on Saturday but it wasn't enough for the Twins to overcome the Indians.

Suzuki tagged Indians' starter Danny Salazar for a solo blast in the seventh inning, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but that would be as close as the Twins would get. He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .214/.313/.429 on the season.
Apr 18 - 4:49 PM

Kurt Suzuki went hitless again Thursday, leaving him in a 10-for-64 slump in his last 17 games.

Not only is he hitting .156 over his last 17 games, but he hasn't walked once. He also hasn't homered. Fortunately, the Twins were smart enough to sign him at the absolute peak of his value when they gave him a two-year, $12 million extension before the trade deadline.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went hitless Wednesday and is in a 2-for-31 slump.

We hope the Twins weren't counting on Suzuki remaining a force offensively when they gave him a two-year, $12 million extension last month. He's one more bad game away from having his average drop below .290 for the first time since May 2.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the A's on Sunday.

Suzuki broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning, and he also had an RBI single in the ninth. The 30-year-old, who is enjoying a career revitalization in Minnesota, is hitting .305/.366/.390 with 48 RBI as the Twins' everyday catcher this season.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:52:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki doubled and drove in three runs against the White Sox on Friday.

Suzuki ended the game 2-for-4. He hit the third inning double off of White Sox starter Chris Sale and added an RBI single in the seventh and an RBI groundout in the ninth. Suzuki had a chance to do more damage than that, as the bases were loaded in the final frame, but he couldn't come through against Jake Petricka as the Twins lost 10-8. Suzuki has had a solid season, especially in the average and on-base categories, slashing .309/.372/.395. Maybe there's just something in the air in Minnesota that allows catchers to hit for average.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 01:18:00 AM

Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.

There's also a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances. The Twins had an opportunity to sell high on Suzuki during an All-Star season, but they decided to lock him up long-term instead. That means Josmil Pinto isn't going to take over at catcher in Minnesota anytime soon.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 04:27:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Twins have reengaged Kurt Suzuki about an extension.

The initial round of talks didn't get very far, but Rosenthal is now hearing that there's a "reasonable chance it gets done." Suzuki is having a career year offensively at age 30, batting .304/.367/.386 in 347 plate appearances. He signed a bargain one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last winter.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 11:56:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are not pursuing Twins' catcher Kurt Suzuki.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported a few days ago that the O's and Cardinals were showing trade interest in Suzuki, but Baltimore apparently feels content with their in-house options. St. Louis might also be out as an option after their recent addition of A.J. Pierzynski.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 03:21:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and Cardinals are among the teams showing trade interest in Kurt Suzuki.

The report backs up Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who said in an interview earlier Friday that Suzuki was "in play" for the Cards. Suzuki makes sense for both clubs, as the Orioles (Matt Wieters) and the Cardinals (Yadier Molina) have both lost catchers to injury. The Twins have tried to extend the All-Star catcher, but talks didn't get very far. Suzuki is hitting .308 this season and has batted .348/.413/.409 over his last 19 games.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said in an interview on CBS Sports 920 Friday that the Cardinals trading for a catcher is "in play."

Strauss mentioned Kurt Suzuki as someone who "would make sense," which is no surprise since the Cards are known to be scouting the Twins backstop. Tony Cruz and George Kottaras are batting a combined .156 (5-for-32) since Yadier Molina (thumb) went down, so St. Louis could look to upgrade for the next month or so until Yadi returns.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 09:48:00 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins recently explored a contract extension with Kurt Suzuki but "the talks didn't go very far."

Suzuki is having a career year offensively, boasting a .305/.364/.389 batting line in 82 games, and may look to cash in on the open market this winter given that productive catchers are in high demand. He signed a one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Minnesota last offseason. The Twins could shop the 30-year-old catcher at the July 31 trade deadline if they don't feel like they can afford to re-sign him.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 03:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Jordan Schafer
2Shane Robinson
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Trevor May
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6J.R. Graham
7Aaron Thompson
8Ryan Pressly
9Michael Tonkin