Yorvit Torrealba: The final piece to the roster?
Here’s a story I wrote this morning. The deal is pending a physical and could be complete by the end of the day.
What are your thoughts on Torrealba as a backup catcher to Nick Hundley? To me, much like the Jon Garland signing, it’s the Padres taking advantage of two free agent who miscalculated the market.
Are you happy with Torrealba? Is he, in your mind, the final piece to the roster?
Corey Brock, MLB.com Twitter: @FollowThePadres
SAN DIEGO – The Padres’ roster construction continues as Spring Training approaches.
The newest addition is free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who on Friday agreed to a one-year worth $1.25 million guaranteed with a mutual option worth $3.5 million for 2011, a source said.
The deal isn’t yet official and is pending a physical.
The Padres were hopeful that they could sign a veteran catcher to spell Nick Hundley on occasion. They acquired Dusty Ryan from Detroit in December and were prepared to go to Spring Training with him as the backup.
But in Torrealba, they get a veteran who has appeared in 574 Major League games over a nine-year career and someone who knows the National League West Division well.
Torrealba, 31, is a career .255 hitter who hit .291 in 64 games last season with Colorado. He also led the team with a .488 average with runners in scoring position.
Torrealba, who spent the last four seasons with the Rockies, has also played for Seattle (2005) and San Francisco (2001-05) in his career.
Torrealba’s best season came in 2007 when he hit .255 with a career-high 101 hits, eight home runs and 47 RBIs for the Rockies.
Torrealba rejected a two-year, $5.6 million offer from the Rockies earlier this offseason, wanting a two-year deal between $6 million and $6.5 million. The two sides apparently disagreed over the option and buyout structure of the deal.
The Rockies declined to pick up a $4 million option on his 2010 contract, which made him a free agent.
San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer has had a busy few weeks.
Last month he acquired outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham from Oakland, signed two free agents (utilityman Jerry Hariston Jr. and starting pitcher Jon Garland) and signed Matt Stairs to a Minor League contract.