UPDATE, 11-16-07: As expected, Torrealba has inked a three-year deal with the Mets. Newsday reports the deal is worth $14.4MM. Since Torrealba was a Type B free agent, the Rockies will get a supplemental pick for their loss.
One half of Omar Minaya’s desired catching tandem seems set: Ramon Castro has signed a two-year, $4MM contract. It’ll be announced after he has a physical. Honestly I thought Castro could’ve done better and marketing himself as a starter, but I guess he’s happy in New York.
The other part is waiting to see if Yorvit Torrealba will accept the Mets’ aggressive three-year, $15MM offer. Adam Rubin’s source speculates that the Mets could even make it four years with an option for 2012. How is Torrealba such a hot commodity? David Lennon and Ken Davidoff say Torrealba is now also mulling a three-year offer from the Rockies. We should know one way or another today.
Torrealba and Castro don’t make for an ideal platoon; the idea is more to keep each well-rested. Over the last three years Castro has significantly better numbers against both lefties and righties than Torrealba, but he’s the backup. It sounds like the Mets want Torrealba for less tangible reasons – his passion and his gamecalling.
The Rockies, by the way, may turn to Paul Lo Duca. They don’t expect to retain Torrealba.