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Rockies backing away from Yorvit Torrealba over $400,000?

Dec 16, 2009, 4:10 PM EDT

Reports last week had the Rockies offering Yorvit Torrealba a two-year, $5.6 million deal to re-sign while the veteran catcher asked for a total of $6 million. At the time I commented that “only $400,000 stands in the way of a seemingly inevitable agreement,” but the two sides look increasingly unlikely to bridge that relatively small gap.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that “the Rockies are close to closing the door on Torrealba” and general manager Dan O’Dowd indicated that the team may instead turn its attention to fellow free agent catcher Miguel Olivo.
It always seemed odd to me that the Rockies were willing to spend that much on a backup catcher given the $8.3 million deal they just gave to Chris Iannetta, so perhaps O’Dowd realized that the team has more pressing needs to address and can save some money by going after Olivo or a similar veteran backup over the familiar but ultimately mediocre Torrealba. Or maybe they just really need the $400,000.

  1. okobojicat - Dec 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Or maybe they never actually offered a guaranteed $5.6m. They just signed Ianetta to a longer contract, buying out his arb years. They aren’t looking for a starter, they are probably looking for an 80 or 60 games a year guy.

  2. ItsDerrick - Dec 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    I heard Torrealba’s people kept trying to use Pudge’s deal as precedent. What’s the difference between Yorvit and Pudge? Pudge is 5th all time at nabbing runners stealing (something like 47%). Yorvit last year….14%. Yorvit finished the season with a hot bat, but as long as Iannetta doesn’t flounder at the plate in a 3 month slump the Rockies will be fine without him.

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