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Nationals, Rangers talks for Yorvit Torrealba go nowhere

Jul 31, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

Yorvit Torrealba AP AP

UPDATE: So much for that: Kilgore now reports that the Nationals talked to the Rangers about Torrealba, but “one person involved says ‘it doesn’t look like a fit.'”

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Yorvit Torrealba became expendable in Texas once the Rangers acquired Geovany Soto from the Cubs last night and after being designated for assignment he’s expected to be traded today.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will likely be in touch with the Rangers about Torrealba as they search for some catching depth after losing Wilson Ramos for the season.

Right now Jesus Flores is Washington’s starting backstop, but he’s hit just .224 with a .588 OPS in 64 games and his backup, Sandy Leon, is a 23-year-old rookie with a poor minor-league track record.

Torrealba is owed about $1.5 million for the remainder of this season and the 34-year-old veteran topped a .700 OPS in three straight seasons before his production dropped off this year.

  1. ajcardsfan - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Aww Aaron, you’re a party pooper. First you fix your funny typo and then you delete my not that funny post.

    Also, any idea what the Rangers would be looking for from the Nationals?

    • tcostant - Jul 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Not much, he was already DFA, so they will need to release him if they don’t trade. Think a low level B prospect.

  2. kkolchak - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    “Sandy Leon, is a 23-year-old rookie with a poor minor-league track record.”

    Says who? Leon has a .794 OPS in the minors this year. His problem is that he is raw, having played only 40 games at AA.

    • Aaron Gleeman - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Says who? Leon has a .794 OPS in the minors this year. His problem is that he is raw, having played only 40 games at AA.

      Says the rest of his career, beyond the 40-game sample you just cited. He has a career .665 OPS in nearly 1,500 plate appearances as a minor leaguer, which is terrible.

      • natstowngreg - Jul 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        IMHO, Leon’s hitting isn’t the point. He isn’t that good a defensive catcher, particularly in terms of preventing wild pitches and passed balls.

        As I suggested in the thread on Shoppach, the Nats acquiring a veteran rental catcher would be wise. But the focus should be on defense. The offense is good enough to carry a poor-hitting, good-defending backup catcher; any offense from that position would be a bonus.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    I would imagine he would be an upgrade over Chris Stewart for the Yankees. He has not been particularly good offensively or defensively. I wonder how much a new catcher this late in the season messes with the pitchers though.

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