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Brewers acquire catcher Yorvit Torrealba from Blue Jays

Sep 21, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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He won’t be eligible for the playoffs if Milwaukee gets there, but the Brewers have added some backup catching help for the final two weeks by acquiring Yorvit Torrealba from the Blue Jays for cash considerations.

Torrealba was released by the Rangers in early August after they traded for Geovany Soto to replace him as their No. 2 catcher and eventually agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays. He was called up on August 21 and played 10 games for Toronto, hitting .217 with a .588 OPS.

Torrealba will be a free agent after the season, so don’t expect the “cash” part of cash considerations to be a whole lot. He probably won’t get more than a handful of plate appearances for Milwaukee playing behind Jonathan Lucroy.

  1. shaggytoodle - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    This move doesn’t make all that much sense to me, they have Maldonado behind Lucroy. I don’t see a reason to stunt his growth. I undestand they are making a playoff push, but seeing where they were 2 months ago, it seems like they are playing with house money.

    Can this guy play first base at all? I undestand Harts been dealing with an injury.

    • uwsptke - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      The rosters expanded, but they were still only carrying two catchers which can be dangerous. It frees up Maldonado or Torrealba to play 1B if needed, but more importantly it enables them to use one of their bench catchers in pinch-hit situations without worrying about what would happen if the starting catcher needed to pulled from the game.

    • jaysjunkie - Sep 22, 2012 at 5:41 AM

      Torrealba played a game or two at first during his short Toronto stint, but I recall it being mentioned that he wasn’t used to the position.

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