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Giants showing interest in Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba

Jun 26, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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Sources have informed Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the Giants are still on the hunt for a catcher and have shown interest recently in the Rangers’ Yorvit Torrealba.

San Francisco’s hunt for a new backstop began in late May, shortly after Buster Posey broke his leg in a collision at home plate with Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins. The search has not been fruitful to this point, but the Giants seem to have found new motivation with Eli Whiteside (elbow, quad) banged up and Chris Stewart batting .156 with a .417 OPS.

Torrealba has never been a great offensive player, but he’s easily a better hitter than Whiteside and Stewart, and he could bring some stability to the position for the Giants. The Rangers may be open to offers once Mike Napoli (oblique) returns from the disabled list. Giants setup man Guillermo Mota is said to be available, and Texas could use the bullpen help.

One possible hangup: Torrealba is owed $3.25 million next season and Posey is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training. There’s a chance that the Giants will balk at that math. Then again, they could use Torrealba as a highly active backup in 2011 and give starts at first base to Posey with the idea of keeping his knees healthier. That might justify the $3.25 million salary.

  1. skull216 - Jun 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    I think putting posey at first would be a good idea.

    • mgflolox - Jun 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      I’d rather put Posey at third, move the Panda to first, and put Belt in the outfield.. Now, if they could just find a shortstop…

  2. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 26, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    If Texas would be willing to do Mota for Yorvit then DO THE DEAL SABES!!!

  3. alexizzle88 - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I would do it. This guy always seemed to kill us in clutch situations as a Rockie and Padre. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind heading back to the Bay

  4. yournuts - Jun 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I don’t understand why Texas would trade Yorvit Torrealba for Guillermo Mota? It’s a bad trade for Texas, no it’s an awful trade for Texas. If I was Texas I would need a lot more than Mota! That would leave Taylor Teagarden as Texas’s only Catcher and his batting average is below the Mendoza zone! This just doesn’t make sense to me.

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