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Kurt Suzuki | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/4/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 233
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jul 29 - 3:21 PM

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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.
Jul 25 - 12:29 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.
Jul 25 - 9:48 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.
Jul 21 - 3:20 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

Suzuki slumped badly towards the end of June, but has started to pick things up again lately. The catcher has quietly been among the more productive catchers in the league, slashing .303/.361/.394 with two home runs and 34 RBI on the season.
Jul 3 - 10:53 PM

Kurt Suzuki reached base four times in the win over the Royals on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Suzuki scored one of the Twins' 10 runs on the evening in the fourth inning and drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run in the sixth. Suzuki is hitting a surprisingly useful .304/.362/.392 as the team's primary catcher this season.
Jul 1 - 11:45 PM

Kurt Suzuki had three hits against the White Sox on Friday.

Suzuki went 3-for-4, singling twice and tossing in a double for good measure. He knocked in his 32nd run on an infield single in the third. The free agent acquisition has put up a nice season for the Twins, batting .315/.376/.414.
Jun 20 - 11:42 PM

Kurt Suzuki hit an inside-the-park home run Tuesday as the Twins beat the Padres 5-3.

Suzuki's eighth inning home run actually cleared the left field wall, replays showed. The ball bounced back into play and left fielder Seth Smith treated it as such, ignoring the sphere as Suzuki motored around the bases. Nobody appealed, so it went down in the books as an inside-the-parker, Minnesota's first since Joe Mauer in 2007. Suzuki has been a pleasant fantasy surprise, slashing .310/.374/.434 with two homers and 27 RBI.
May 21 - 1:22 AM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with a double and scored the winning run Thursday as the Twins beat the Red Sox 4-3 in extra innings.

It was practically a carbon copy of Tuesday's game for Suzuki, who had three hits and scored the walkoff winner both times. This time, it was Aaron Hicks who plated him, singling in front of Grady Sizemore in the 10th. Suzuki has his average back up to .325 following his fifth three-hit game of the season.
May 15 - 5:05 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Suzuki delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, and he scored the winning run on Chris Parmelee's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Suzuki now has 25 RBI to go with a .314/.390/.410 line. He's hit safely in seven of his last nine games.
May 14 - 12:51 AM

Kurt Suzuki's two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday provided all of the offense the Twins would need to edge out the Tigers 2-1.

The veteran backstop has had a resurgence hitting near the top of manager Ron Gardenhire's lineup on Minnesota, hitting .302/.381/.406 with 24 RBI on the young season. He certainly won't continue at this pace, but as long as he's seeing regular playing time, he's a strong option in two-catcher mixed leagues.
May 9 - 11:00 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 3-for-3 with three RBI as the Twins beat the Orioles 5-2 on Sunday.

Suzuki drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning before delivering a two-run double in the seventh inning to ice the victory. The catcher has been a surprising offensive force when he's played this season, batting .325 with 22 RBI in 77 at-bats. Josmil Pinto is still the catcher of the future for the Twins, but Suzuki should continue to garner more playing time with his hot bat.
May 4 - 5:39 PM

Kurt Suzuki is not in the lineup for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

He'll take a seat after catching the first game. Josmil Pinto will start behind the plate while Joe Mauer serves as the DH. Meanwhile, Chris Colabello will play first base. Jason Kubel will also sit in the nightcap.

Kurt Suzuki had a solo homer and a two-run single Saturday against the Royals.

We all laughed when the Twins threatened to hit Suzuki second this year, but he has a .375 OBP so far. In fact, everyone the Twins had batting second through seventh today ended today with at least a .370 OBP. Suzuki, for what it's worth, has hit second just once and has batted seventh in 11 of his 13 starts. We wouldn't expect him to keep this up, but he's off to a nice start.
Apr 19 - 5:52 PM

Kurt Suzuki went 2-for-3 with three RBI in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

Many scratched their heads when they saw Suzuki in the No. 2 spot for Opening Day -- and rightfully so -- but he did all the damage for the Minnesota offense. That's baseball for you. The 30-year-old might get the majority of the starts behind the plate in the early going, but Josmil Pinto is the future.
Mar 31 - 7:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2Chris Colabello
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Sam Fuld
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kevin Correia
4Kyle Gibson
5Yohan Pino
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Samuel Deduno