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Yorvit Torrealba and MLBPA lose grievance against Mets

Feb 18, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

Torrealba dropping popup

Back in November of 2007 the Mets agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million contract with free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, only to nix the deal when a pre-signing physical exam raised concerns about his right shoulder.

Torrealba and the MLB players’ association later filed a grievance, but yesterday an arbitrator ruled in favor of the Mets, determining that the team had the right to void the contract due to the medical risk involved.

Torrealba went on to re-sign with the Rockies for $7.25 million over two seasons and then spent last year earning $1.25 million with the Padres, meaning the nixed deal cost him approximately $6 million. Brian Schneider took his place as the Mets’ primary catcher and hit just .244 with a .680 OPS while earning $9.8 million, so the deal didn’t work out particularly well for New York either.

Texas signed Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million deal this offseason and he’s expected to replace Bengie Molina as the Rangers’ starting backstop.

  1. Panda Claus - Feb 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    A much-needed win for the Mets in an otherwise forgettable off season.

  2. streatordave - Feb 19, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    A much-needed win for the RANGERS in an very positive off season.

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