Padres Sign Yorvit Torrealba

The Padres signed Yorvit Torrealba to a one-year $1.25MM deal that includes a mutual option for 2011. The catcher, who passed his physical today, will earn $750K this year. There's a $500K buyout on a $3.5MM mutual option for the following season. 

Torrealba, 31, hit .291/.351/.380 in 242 plate appearances for the Rockies last year, catching 545.3 innings.  Torrealba split time last year with a solid young catcher in Chris Iannetta, and he'll do so again this year with Nick Hundley.

We learned on Monday from Olney that despite an offer in hand from San Diego, Torrealba hoped to engage the Mets.  However, the Mets may be done spending.

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported that the sides were nearing a deal and followed up with the terms of the contract, all on Twitter. Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweeted that Torrealba passed his physical.


Leave a Reply

44 Comments on "Padres Sign Yorvit Torrealba"


Member
vtadave
5 years 5 months ago

Nice to see the Padres dropping a little coin, but this is a somewhat curious signing. Torrealba was likely promised the starting catcher job ahead of the 25 year-old Hundley, but perhaps if Hundley is impressing as a backup or in Triple-A, Yorvit will find himself on the block come July.

Member
Ohhhplease
5 years 5 months ago

Hundley is the Padres catcher of the future, and will be their starter, no question. Torrealba was a backup last year and will be a backup this year for the Padres. Very similar to what they did with Blanco last year. ZERO chance Hundley starts in Triple-A, 100% chance he will be the strating day catcher (barring an injury) with Yorvie catching every fourth or fifth day.

Member
5 years 5 months ago

likely promised to be the starter…..not according to anyone in San Diego. Yorvit is going to be on the block in July, earlier probably, but it sounds like he is planning on about 60 starts….thus the interest in the Mets

Member
BrocNessMonster
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, I can’t see why they would want him other than for trading him when someone needs a catcher at the deadline. I watch all of the Dodger games, and saw Hundley enough. He’s not a bad player, probably much better than Torrealba.

Member
$1742854
5 years 5 months ago

FAIL! Nice one Yorvit, instead of taking a couple hundred grand less to be with a WORLD SERIES contender, you played your cards totally wrong and will have your butt handed to you a dozen times a year by the Rockies.

Loved ya when you were clutch for the Rox, but this move was most un-clutch.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

When did the Rockies become a World Series contender?

Member
roxfan10
5 years 5 months ago

I think it was around the time they qualified for the postseason in 2 of the last 3 seasons, but it may have been the franchise record wins in 2009 or the fact that the 2010 team is even more talented and deeper? Or it could have been the 74-42 record they put up under Jim Tracy last year? It’s tough to put your finger on it…

Luckily you don’t have to worry about it too much in San Diego. Enjoy the beach, because your team is going to be God awful…again.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

By all means San Diego isn’t my team, but I still have a hard time calling the Rockies a World Series contender. If that is the case then 14 other teams probably are considered “contenders” as well.

Member
roxfan10
5 years 5 months ago

The nature of the MLB playoff structure, where you play 162 times over 6 months to be one of 8 teams that qualify for a first round best of 5 where almost anything can happen (see e.g. Rockies, 2007), dictates that any of those 8 teams are effectively “World Series contenders”, doesn’t it?

And if you look at the NL West, I think you’d have a hard time discounting the Rockies in the hunt for the NL West title, let alone a wild card spot that they’ve captured twice in the last three seasons.

Member
padreshobo
5 years 5 months ago

Still managed to beat “world series” contenders the Rockies 8 times last year.

Member
roxfan10
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, they also lost 10 games to Colorado last year. And 8-10 is a .444 clip which puts you on pace for a 72-90 record.

So I probably wouldn’t lead with that in the team’s 2010 Media Guide…

Member
bleedrockiepurple
5 years 5 months ago

You are probably all bitter padre or giant fans trying to talk bad about the rockies but the past 2 of 3 years don’t lie…the padres are still mad about game 163 in ’07 and the giants fans are mad about last year choking down the stretch with “the best rotation in the west.” And when A-Gon is traded by the deadline our bench players could hit clean up in that week lineup. But roxfan10 no need to worry about any of these guys cause in august and september last year all us Rockies fans got an earful of how there is no way we take the wild card…and look what happened….and like you said we are deeper and more talented this year….

Member
5 years 5 months ago

Perhaps you should have a look at something called “Park Effects” before making idiotic statements like that….whatever. The Padres haven’t been great offensively, more like average though….not terrible as you suggest.

Member
bleedrockiepurple
5 years 5 months ago

your right they are not awful, i shouldnt have said what i did because they arent terrible, just tired of everyone ripping the Rockies because they have shown they can contend. But if they were to lose A-Gon, the line-up would not be pretty, and im sure most Padre fans would agree, i would prefer to see him stay they there, im tired of seeing big money teams taking young, all-star talented players for the teams that have to get rid of him just because they can’t afford them, i have seen it first hand here in CO…but its part of the game so can’t do anything about it…but you are right they are not terrible, which is quite surprising because the names they had to put on the field due to injuries weren’t the most talented but there was something there which gives them something to look forward too.

Member
5 years 5 months ago

“Enjoy the beach”

Thanks, don’t mind if I do.

Member
padreshobo
5 years 5 months ago

The Rockies didn’t even beat the Padres a dozen times last season.

Member
DarthBusey
5 years 5 months ago

The Mets are done spending?

Did they ever start?

(Only Jason Bay? REALLY?)

Member
jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

not much out there worth spending money on….so why waste it?

Member
BravesRed
5 years 5 months ago

When there was players worth spending money on, they only spent on Bay. There is no excuse for Omar or the fans to say that the Mets couldn’t sign someone worth signing.

Member
jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

After Bay and outside of Sheets, there wasn’t anything i wanted the mets to waste money on. I’m content.

Member
BravesRed
5 years 5 months ago

How is having Beltran on the DL for the start of the season, Wright can barely hit a home run at Citi Field, which he proved last season, Reyes coming off of surgery, GMJ = the worst OF in baseball, Bay, and his some what sucky defense, one at least decent starter, and maybe two good relievers, and also, no starting catcher making you content? I forgot Castillo and his bad defense. If you are content with that, then so be it, so hello to fourth or fifth place this year.

Member
jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

1)beltran will be back, pagan has shown he can hit. 2)wright had no protection in the lineup, he didnt all of a sudden forget how to hit HRs. 3) only good reports are heard about reyes, not worried 4)gmj will be the 4th OFer with beltran out and possibly gone by the time he is back 5)bay will be an adequate fielder 6)mets added some potentially good arms to the pen in rygota and escobar 7) no catcher out there was worth spending money on, we got a really good defensive one in blanco(which is most important from catcher) while Thole continues to develop his defensive skills 8) there was no way to improve on castillo, we werent going to make him a backup

got anything else?

Member
Alldaybaseball
5 years 5 months ago

The Mets should have gotten Byrnes over GMJ. He’s younger a better hitter and has upside. Byrnes would have only cost 400K compared to GMJ 2 million and Brian Stiokes a solid reliever for you guys.

Member
jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

Really? Byrnes? a guy who hit .226 and .209 in his last 2 seasons? Stokes was expendable, his ERA was decent, but not his whip.

Member
Alldaybaseball
5 years 5 months ago

Byrnes has a better chance of bouncing back. You could have gotten Gomes for under 2 million if you don’t like Byrnes.

Member
BentoBox
5 years 4 months ago

Who is going to be in the rotation after Johan ?
Whos gonna play centerfield then while Beltran is out ?

Member
Chris Kelly
5 years 5 months ago

It’s nice to be the hot chick’s ugly friend…