Sep 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki (22) reacts after a strike against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Minnesota Twins Sign C Kurt Suzuki To 1-Year Deal

According to separate reports, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, who finished last season with the Oakland Athletics.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported via Twitter:



Ken Rosenthal of, meanwhile, reported the deal would be worth $2.75 million:



Suzuki, 30, did two stints with the A’s, from 2007-12 and then at the end of last season. In between, he played for the Washington Nationals.

In 15 games with the A’s last year, Suzuki hit .303/.343/.545 with two homers and seven RBI in 35 plate appearances, but it was a down year overall after he hit just .222/.283/.310 with three homers and 25 RBI in 281 plate appearances for Washington.

It was his fourth consecutive season of diminished returns at the plate. Since 2010, Suzuki has recorded OPS+ of 83, 89, 67 and 73.

Suzuki was a second-round pick by Oakland out of Cal State Fullerton in 2004 and debuted with the A’s in June 2007. He was the busiest catcher in the American League in both 2008 and 2009, leading the league in games caught each season. He was traded to the Nationals in August 2012 for minor leaguer David Freitas and reacquired on Aug. 23 for minor leaguer Dakota Bacus. Freitas, incidentally, was just sent to the Orioles as the player to be named later in the Jim Johnson deal.

The Twins went into the offseason looking for catching help after announcing that six-time All-Star and former Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer would be moving permanently to first base in 2014.

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