BRADENTON, Fla. -- There is still a chance that Ryan Doumit will be in a different uniform before the Pirates open the season in Chicago. At this point, though, no trade appears imminent.
The Pirates haven't ruled out dealing Doumit, who is in line to make $5.1 million this year in a backup role. The trouble has been finding another team that has interest in the catcher/outfielder and is willing to offer Pittsburgh an attractive package in return.
Such a package could still come, but it would likely be late next month when another team has a need arise due to injury or ineffectiveness.
"Things kind of die in terms of most conversations when you get into February, and they kind of pick back up again with a couple weeks left of games," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Right now it is a very quiet period for most clubs."
If Doumit remains with the Pirates, it is still being determined how the club would use him as a backup. Doumit could slot into a traditional backup catcher role, which would limit how much he could be used as a pinch-hitter. If the Pirates opt to carry a third catcher, Doumit would be used more liberally off the bench and would be available as an option in right field or at first base.