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The Mets may make an offer to Yorvit Torrealba

Jan 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

I’m not going to go with the easy joke about how the Giants saved the Mets from themselves with respect to Bengie Molina, because as Aaron’s going to say later this morning, that’s not necessarily the case. Short version: it was a bit more complicated than that, with the Mets initially (and laudably) holding the line on Molina’s early demands, and then later just an overall souring of the relationship.

I’m more interested in what the Mets will do at catcher now  The New York Times (and a lot of other places) is reporting that Minaya may make an offer to Yorvit Torrealba.  Not a bad decision from a baseball perspective I suppose. A curious one for non-baseball reasons, however:

Turning to him would be intriguing, and perhaps costly, because
Torrealba filed a continuing grievance against the Mets after they
backed out of a three-year deal with him two years ago . . . Last month, the Mets and Torrealba attended a hearing on the grievance,
conducted by the baseball arbitrator Shyam Das. A ruling is not
expected for several months.

Parties in litigation are generally encouraged not to talk to each other without counsel present, so if the Mets do sign Torrealba, expect the mound to be crowded with guys with suits and briefcases during pitching changes. A lot of “would you please tell counsel for Mr. Santana that I believe a breaking ball is more appropriate in this situation. Thank you.”

More seriously, though, if the Mets do sign Torrealba, take his contract amount with a grain of salt, because it may contain some settlement dollars.

  1. carlover - Jan 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Torrealba would be OK, but only for 1 year, because if the mets offer enough they will be able to get mauer, and they NEED him so badly. Think. a catcher (they havent had a suitable one since LoDuca left) and good hitting (they were really lacking in that area for the 09 season, and even with bay there is still a large chance they will still lack in that area.
    Really think we need LaRoche. DONT want delgado. he’s too old, and laroche is good.

  2. IMakeMoreSenseThanYou - Jan 20, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I disagree with you. Torrealba would be perfect for the Mets for a couple of years to come. Two to three years would be good. I don’t mind a one year deal but either you go for more or don’t sign him at all. We could never get Mauer, as of right now he’s intent on being a Twin and he is the face of their franchise. The Twins are probably going to be the ones to get Mauer. Besides, the Mets website said they’re sticking with Santos, a plan I like better. Joel Pineiro reached a deal with the Angels so not signing Torrealba leaves more money to throw at Ben Sheets whom we must sign now.

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