Kurt Suzuki C MIN 18 Days

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.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 18 Days

Kurt Suzuki is batting second for the Twins in Monday's season-opener against the White Sox.

Suzuki had a .290 on-base percentage last season, so the lineup placement is a little odd. The full Minnesota batting order against White Sox ace Chris Sale: 2B Brian Dozier, C Kurt Suzuki, 1B Joe Mauer, LF Josh Willingham, DH Chris Colabello, 3B Trevor Plouffe, RF Oswaldo Arcia, CF Aaron Hicks, SS Pedro Florimon. Ricky Nolasco is on the mound.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 24 Days

Kurt Suzuki hit second once again Tuesday and went 0-for-3 against the Orioles.

Manager Ron Gardenhire's Suzuki infatuation has turned scary, with Suzuki batting second every time he's played lately. It's not like Suzuki hit well last year or the year before or at any point this spring. But there's now a real threat that Suzuki will start the season in that spot, if only until someone knocks some sense into Gardenhire.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 1 Month

Kurt Suzuki left Wednesday night's game against the Orioles after being hit by a pitch in the right foot.

Suzuki stayed in the game briefly but exited after the half inning. He was replaced by Josmil Pinto. It's probably not too serious -- players enter and exit spring games so freely it's not even clear that Suzuki would have stayed in the game regardless -- and more should be known about his availability after the game.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 3 Months

Twins general manager Terry Ryan in effect named Kurt Suzuki his starting catcher on Friday.

"Not sure who's going to back him up," Ryan said of Suzuki. The GM indicated last month that he expected Suzuki to see the bulk of the starts behind the dish, and he's now provided more clarity. It's bad news for fantasy owners that wanted to see what Josmil Pinto could do with a full season of at-bats, as Pinto will now either be Suzuki's understudy or perhaps see more seasoning at Triple-A. Suzuki's appeal in fantasy leagues in minimal.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Twins general manager Terry Ryan has indicated that Kurt Suzuki is the favorite to see most of the club's playing time at catcher.

"He's going to be the type of guy who will make up a good combination with the other catchers we've got," Ryan said. "I would say he could get the bulk of the innings, but that will be decided as we go, depending on what (Eric) Fryer and (Josmil) Pinto and (Chris) Herr-mann do. [Suzuki's] makeup, his background, you cannot find anyone who will say anything bad about him." Fantasy owners would like to see Pinto -- who has easily the highest offensive upside of the group -- get the most time, but La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Pinto could start the year at Triple-A if he "has a poor spring training and is deemed not ready."

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Twins signed C Kurt Suzuki to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported the signing last week while FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract terms. Suzuki batted just .232/.290/.337 with five homers and 32 RBI over 316 plate appearances this past season, but the veteran backstop is expected to share playing time behind the plate with the young Josmil Pinto in 2014.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Twins have agreed to terms with Kurt Suzuki on a one-year contract.

The deal will become official later Friday assuming Suzuki passes his physical. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's for $2.75 million, with more possible in incentives. The Twins were looking for a veteran backstop to pair with youngster Josmil Pinto and they now have one in Suzuki. The 30-year-old's offense has declined the last few years (he batted just .232/.290/.337 in 2013), but he offers a strong glove and has a reputation as a good clubhouse guy.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

The Twins, Cubs and Mariners are interested in free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Twins opened up a potential roster spot for a backup catcher by shipping Ryan Doumit to the Braves on Wednesday, though they could hand the gig to Chris Herrmann instead. The Mariners could definitely use a veteran backup to Mike Zunino, but we don't see a fit with the Cubs, who already acquired George Kottaras this offseason to tutor Welington Castillo. Suzuki posted a .232/.290/.337 line in 285 at-bats between the A's and Nationals this past season.

Kurt Suzuki C MIN 4 Months

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Twins, Cubs and Rockies have interest in Kurt Suzuki.

Suzuki had a .232/.290/.337 line in 285 at-bats between the A's and Nationals this past season. He's not a starter, but the 30-year-old has proven to be a serviceable backup catcher. The Rangers were previously interested in Suzuki as well.