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Notes on the catching market: Torrealba, Molina, Kendall

Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 PM EDT

*FOXSports.com’s Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Rockies and Yorvit Torrealba are about $1 million apart on a two-year deal, with the Rockies offering $5 million.
Ringolsby also has the Rockies looking at Miguel Olivo, Josh Bard and Jason Kendall as fall-back options. The Nationals’ decision to give Ivan Rodriguez $6 million for two years makes Torrealba more than justified in asking for the same amount.
*Bengie Molina and the Mets have been involved in negotiations, but still aren’t close to a deal, according to the New York Times.
There still hasn’t been any indication that the Mets are ready to guarantee Molina a second year. Even though Molina no longer appears to have a return to San Francisco as a fallback option, he’s not going to sign a one-year deal unless he gets backed into a corner over the next month or two.
*According to the St. Petersburg Times, Kendall has a two-year offer on the table himself, with the Royals making the proposal.
Kendall’s experience apparently outweights John Buck’s ability to hit the ball out of the infield on occasion. The Royals, who have already subtracted free agent Miguel Olivo, are expected to non-tender Buck this weekend.

  1. James - Dec 9, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    I can’t believe any team would actually have interest in Kendall as a starter. If the offer is anything above minimum wage, he should take the two year deal and thank his lucky stars.

  2. Isaac - Dec 9, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    *According to AaronGleeman.com, Joe Mauer has been hanging out in the north woods waiting for the 12-year, $395 million offer he so justly deserves. Every team in MLB is offering the deal, but only the Twins are also offering a 50% stake in the franchise and Bill Smith’s first born son.

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