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Rockies bring back catcher Yorvit Torrealba on minor league deal

Jan 24, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Torrealba has received a minor league contract with a spring training invite. The Rockies are looking at him as insurance and depth with Ramon Hernandez slated to play for his native Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

11:15 PM: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rockies have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba. It’s not clear whether he has received a major league deal or not, but Thomas Harding of reported earlier this week that the Rockies had offered him a minor league contract.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Torrealba, who previously played with the club from 2006-2009 and enjoyed his best seasons there. The 34-year-old backstop batted just .227/.293/.330 with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .623 OPS in 218 plate appearances last season between the Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers.

The Rockies already have Wilin Rosario and Ramon Hernandez as their projected catching tandem, so it’s unlikely there will be a place for Torrealba on the Opening Day roster unless there’s an injury. It’s worth noting that Hernandez had left hamstring surgery in September, so perhaps the Rockies just wanted some veteran insurance.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Weirder name: Yorvit Torrealba or Tivroy Ablaerrot?

    I say tossup.

  2. joegolfer - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Hernandez is pretty long in the tooth and injury prone.
    Rosario proved with his bat that he’s the best option by far, as long as his defensive skills and ability to handle the staff are up to par.
    Seems like Torrealba would be a better fit that Hernandez as the backup.
    While Torrealba stunk last year, he always seemed to play well “at home” in Colorado.

  3. historiophiliac - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Yep, might be a very interesting year for the Tulsa Drillers.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Oh, look Brian, another catcher signing.

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