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Decisions on first-round picks benefit Doumit

Ryan Doumit begins this season with a new three-year contract and the starting job behind the plate. While he earned both, his future with the team is not in doubt thanks to a few people.
First is agent Scott Boras, the man whom the Pirates don’t want to deal with when it comes to player contract negotiations. Boras is the agent for Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Matt Wieters. The Pirates were in line to grab Wieters in the 2007 draft, but opted for left-handed reliever Dan Moskos.
While the Pirates top brass claimed money was not the reason Wieters was not taken, most fans say differently. Now Wieters is in line to make his Major League debut sometime this season, if not on Opening Day for the Orioles. In one Minor League season, Wieters batted .355 and hit 27 homers at two different levels.
It would have been interesting had the Pirates took Wieters in the draft. Would Doumit have been given that contract? And, if so, would the Pirates have “slowly” groomed Wieters in the minors for at least another two years? Or would Doumit find his way to first base and force the Pirates to send Adam La Roche and his pricey contract to another team?
Then, there’s Ronny Paulino, who was penciled in as the Pirates catcher of the future after he batted .310 in 2006. Paulino’s play caused the Pirates to shift Neil Walker, the organization’s top pick in the 2004 draft, from catcher to third base.
If Doumit can be consistent in his play, then the Pirates can say they made the right decision. That is if Doumit is behind the plate when Moskos takes to the mound.
By Jim Spezialetti