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Yorvit Torrealba opts out of contract and hits open market

Nov 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Torrealba dropping popup

Yorvit Torrealba joined the free agent mix by declining his $3.5 million mutual option for 2011, which is somewhat surprising given that he was able to get just a one-year, $1.25 million deal as a free agent last offseason and didn’t have a particularly special year for the Padres.

Torrealba played well in a part-time role, hitting .271/.343/.378 in 363 plate appearances while splitting time behind the plate with Nick Hundley, but if he didn’t generate very much interest as a 31-year-old free agent it’s hard to imagine teams lining up for him as a 32-year-old free agent.

This year’s crop of free agent catchers is a deep one, with Victor Martinez headlining a group that also includes John Buck, Ramon Hernandez, A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Varitek, Gerald Laird, Rod Barajas, Miguel Olivo, and Bengie Molina. In other words, there’s a pretty good chance Torrealba will end up signing for less than the $3.5 million he just turned down from the Padres.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Deep pool perhaps but populated by old and/or part-time players. Torrealba is actually young compared to those you listed; he still should have accepted the $3.5 million option though.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 2, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Well this just tells me he HATES playing for SD. Hmm?

  3. Detroit Michael - Nov 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005/01/san-diego-padres.html

    It was a mutual option for $3.5M with a $0.5M buyout. Maybe he figured (or was told privately) that there was no way that the Padres would pay $3M for him to be a back-up catcher in 2011 and he may also have figured that he’d rather hit the free agent market ASAP rather than wait for the Padres to officially turn down the mutual option.

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