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Rangers sign Yorvit Torrealba to two-year, $6.25 million deal

Nov 29, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

Torrealba dropping popup

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Rangers have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million contract, which almost surely means Bengie Molina won’t be back in Texas.

Torrealba is five years younger than Molina and represents an upgrade offensively. Over the past two seasons Torrealba has hit .279 with a .725 OPS, compared to Molina hitting .258 with a .682, and the difference between them is especially huge when it comes to getting on base. Torrealba posted a .346 on-base percentage during that time, compared to a ghastly .290 OBP from Molina.

And while Molina has the superior defensive reputation, Torrealba threw out a higher percentage of steal attempts this season and they’re both right around 30 percent for their careers. Torrealba is also merely really slow, rather than the slowest player in the history of baseball, so the Rangers upgrade their team speed too.

Molina was acquired from the Giants at midseason because the Rangers were desperate for help behind the plate after none of their young catchers of the future panned out. He was a fine stop-gap pickup thanks to some postseason heroics, but signing Torrealba to a reasonable two-year deal is a smart move for the defending AL champs.

  1. Ari Collins - Nov 29, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Damn, I wanted my Sox to get him. wOBA is a better measure than OPS, weighting OBP properly and counting baserunning, and Bengie hit .275 to Yorvit’s .320.

  2. hackerjay - Nov 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    How does John Buck get 3/$18 million and Torrealba only gets 2/$6.25 million? I agree Buck is better, but not that much better.

  3. pisano - Nov 29, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    The Yankees let another good catcher get passed them. First John Buck and now Torrealba.If their supposed minor league can’t miss catcher Montero is a flop They’re going to be in trouble like they were this past season.

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