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Blue Jays sign Yorvit Torrealba to minor league contract

Aug 14, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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As first hinted by Drew Davison of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram earlier this afternoon, Gregor Chisholm of reports that the Blue Jays have signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract.

Torrealba batted just .236/.302/.342 with three home runs, 12 RBI and a .643 OPS in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers this season. The 34-year-old backstop was designated for assignment late last month following the acquisition of Geovany Soto and was given his release last week after passing through waivers.

Shi Davidi of reports that Torrealba is slated to report to Triple-A New Hampshire on Thursday, where he’ll play four games before joining the Blue Jays next Tuesday in Detroit. He figures to split playing time with the newly-signed Jeff Mathis for now and will likely move to third on the depth chart if J.P. Arencibia is able to return from a fractured right hand at some point in September.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    So he goes to Double A initially to get some work and then will back up Mathis until Arencibia gets healthy. Having Mathis and Torrealba also makes it much easier to trade either Arencibia or d’Arnaud for a starting pitcher during the off season. AA has made it very clear that during the off season, his only priority is to add starting pitching and has assigned scouts to check out potentially available starting pitchers rather than position players. I would not be surprised if he also tries to extend Lyon who is a potential free agent.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    yea this move is going to help the jays get out of last place, yea RIGHT! The future of this team is joining the expos someday, case closed

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Joining the Expos?
      One of the larger market teams in the league is going to get screwed over by a weak Canadian dollar and Jeff Loria pack up and leave?


      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        check their attendance since 1995, nobody goes to their games and nobody cares and they are never players in the free agent market. And now with each passing year they are getting worse not better junior. Do some research next time

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        Perfect response, exactly what I what expected, more buffoonery

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        whats the matter you afraid to look it up? You should be cause its a fact which is something most of the morons on this site can’t stand

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Oh shut up to stupid tool, Im a Tigers fan and well aware of the market size of Toronto and the amount of money Rogers has in the bank. You are a silly stupid lil boy who keeps yammering about a team that was setting attendance records for all of MLB and then dancing when they obviously drop. You have this stupid person/lil boy understanding of the business of baseball. So shut you mouth and your embarrassing rant of ignorance. By your moronic conjecturer 60% of the league is up and ready to relocate.
        Keep thinking that the 5th largest market with an ownership worth over 12 billion is about to pull an Expos because that’s what stupid lil boys do.

        Don’t bother replying, you’re a peon, not worthy to be listened tom, read or replied. Stick to simple things that you can understand, ABC’s, 123’s and tying your shoelaces.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Oh and I did look it up, and like most lil boys, you are a liar.

        Blue jay attendance increased from 2000 to 2001, and again in 2002, again 2003, again 2004 and 2005, again 2006, again 2007 and 2008.
        And again from 2010 to 2011.

        Absolute BUFFOON that you are

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        DO you like apples?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Lil Boy Harry just got destroyed

        The Stupid and Ignorant shouldn’t talk about subjects they have no F’in clue about

      • jaysjunkie - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

        Thank you, theawesomersfranchise. I don’t read anything dirtyharry writes anymore because it’s a complete waste of time considering, well, he’s a complete fucking buffoon. If I happen to come across any of his posts I skip over the words he vomited up on his keyboard and just give it an automatic thumbs down.

  3. denny65 - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    “Shi Davidi of reports that Torrealba is slated to report to Triple-A New Hampshire….”

    The Blue Jays’ AAA franchise is Las Vegas, but you knew that, right D.J.?

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    You know what I like most about Yorvit Torrealba?

    Even if you say it backwards, his name doesn’t sound any less odd.

    Yorvit Torrealba vs Tivroy Ablaerrot?

    Seriously. How weird is that?

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    the jays roster is “loaded” with triple A guys so whats one more?

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