Twins Trade Ryan Doumit to Braves for Sean Gilmartin

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

That escalated quickly.

In the last half hour, rumors have been circulating about a trade that would send Ryan Doumit to the Braves. It's just been confirmed that this is in fact happening, and in return Atlanta will send left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin to the Twins.

Gilmartin, 23, was a first-round pick for the Braves in 2011. He's spent parts of the last two seasons with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, giving Gwinnett 24 starts and 128.2 innings with a pedestrian 5.46 ERA. His strikeout and walk rates have been pretty mediocre at that level, but on the whole he's had much more success at the minor league level. The 2014 season will be his third full year playing professional baseball, so it will be interesting to see how much he can continue to develop.

Doumit, meanwhile, was quickly becoming superfluous on a Twins roster that was looking for catchers since the two primary backstops from 2013 would largely be unavailable to play the position. Minnesota's roster currently has a lot of defensive redundancy at the positions where Doumit might play, which also helped to squeeze him out.

In two seasons, one good and one disappointing, Doumit combined for a .261/.317/.428 triple slash. He can be a valuable bat if he's on a decent year, which is a crap shoot, but for Atlanta he could split time between catcher with Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird, while also backing up some first base and right field.

The Twins will save the $3.5 million due to Doumit in 2014.

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