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.