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Rangers release catcher Yorvit Torrealba

Aug 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Yorvit Torrealba wasn’t long for Texas as soon as the Rangers traded for Geovany Soto and today the veteran catcher was placed on release waivers.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers tried to trade Torrealba and his $3.25 million contract, but couldn’t find any takers.

He’ll be outright released as soon as he clears waivers without being claimed, at which point it wouldn’t be surprising to see a contender snatch him up for the minimum salary as a backup.

Signed to a two-year, $6.25 million contract as a free agent in November of 2010, he hit .262 with a .305 on-base percentage and .382 slugging percentage in 162 games while throwing out 30 percent of steal attempts.

  1. lewp - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Is it just me, or has anoyone else noticed since Torrealba stopped catching Yu Darvish, Darvish’s numbers have exploded? Just wondering…

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Good to hear, hope he doesn’t catch on anywhere else

  3. mf44srq - Aug 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    RAYS!!! Please, oh please!!!

  4. rallycally - Aug 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    If the mets don’t go after him sandy should be fired

  5. vegagreenleaf - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Not sure why the Rangers think Soto is any better?

    • approvenothing - Aug 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      We have a little saying up here in north texas.
      “Trust In Jon Daniels”

  6. Old Gator - Aug 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    This guy looks like Johnny Bench, Bill Dickey and Roy Campanella all rolled into one compared to Black Hole Buck. The Feesh should pounce!

  7. nineroutsider - Aug 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I would love to replace Whiteside with Yorvit, start Sanchez behind the dish, and move Posey to first. Sorry Belt, you would be riding the pine.

    Sanchez and Posey need to be in the lineup somehow.

  8. ahenobarbuso - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    That is a pity, Yorvit may not have had the best offensive numbers but his personality around the clubhouse more than made up for that I think. He was always smiling and happy whenever I saw him in the dugout as opposed to Soto who seems a bit too serious all the time.

  9. spikeintn - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    There has to be more to this story. Neither Napoli nor Soto have the defensive and pitcher-management skills of Torrealba. His offense was just not that poor. I think it may have been the fear of losing both Torrealba and Napoli to free-agency, with no catching prospect near ready.

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