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The Rockies sign Miquel Olivo

Dec 31, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

The Rockies were playing footsies with Yorvit Torrealba earlier this month, reportedly close to a deal to bring him back to Colorado, probably as Chris Ianetta’s backup, but maybe more as an 1-1A setup.  Now, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, they appear to have moved away from him, and have signed Miguel Olivo to a one year deal.

Where does that leave Torrealba? Kind of screwed, actually. Renck reports that the Rockies had offered him $6 million over two years, and that the only holdup was whether the money would be allocated in a buyout as opposed to base salary. Seems like a dumb argument to have from Torrealba’s perspective, given that it doesn’t seem likely that anyone out there would pay him that much money regardless of how you slice it up. Pudge got a contract like that. Jason Kendall got a couple of years and too much money too. With the Nats and Royals out of the equation, we’re dangerously close to running out of teams who would make such a dumb decision.

Renck says the Giants and Mets are still interested. Torrealba would probably be a smarter play for New York than giving too much money to Bengie Molina. The Giants have Buster Posey so don’t really need to pay real money for a veteran catcher, but don’t tell them that.  He’ll probably end up in one of those places. 

  1. ecp - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Two years, six million for Olivo. Seems to be the pretty standard catcher contract this off-season. Surprising that he would go somewhere where they aren’t guaranteeing he’ll be the starter – unless, God forbid, the Rockies are dumb enough to put him ahead of Ianetta.

  2. The Animal Square Dance - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    There are a whole bunch of similarly profiled catchers — Molina, Barajas, Olivo, Buck, Torrealba — who are all just basically trading places. Will someone be chairless when the music stops?

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