Rangers, Torrealba Agree To Two-Year Deal

The Rangers agreed to sign Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25MM deal that will pay the catcher $3MM in 2011 and $3.25MM in 2012. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported the deal (on Twitter) and Anthony Andro of the Star-Telegram reported the terms of the contract (on Twitter).

Torrealba and his representatives at MDR Sports moved on from the Padres, who offered him arbitration, but not a multi-year deal. San Diego will rely on Nick Hundley to take on a bigger role and obtain a supplementary first round draft pick for losing Torrealba, a Type B free agent.

Torrealba hit .271/.343/.378 in 363 plate appearances last year. He batted more in 2010 than in any year except 2007, the lone season of his career in which he caught 100-plus games. The former Giant and Rockie has a .708 OPS in parts of ten big league seasons.  Tip of the cap to MLBTR's Mark Polishuk, who correctly predicted on November 10th that Torrealba would land with the Rangers.

It seems likely that free agent Bengie Molina will sign elsewhere and that Max Ramirez and Taylor Teagarden will be candidates to back Torrealba up. Rod Barajas, Gerald Laird, Miguel Olivo, A.J. Pierzynski and Jason Varitek are among the catchers still available on the free agent market.


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58 Comments on "Rangers, Torrealba Agree To Two-Year Deal"


AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 9 months ago

and thus leaves Olivo, Molina and Pierzynksi, the ‘big 3′ catchers all looking for a job.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I just don’t understand how this deal makes sense when A.J. Pierzynski is still on the market and was not offered arbitration either.

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Span, who do you think is better, AJ or Torrealba?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

AJ. And I wouldn’t say it’s fairly close at all.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

AJ. And I wouldn’t say it’s fairly close at all.

shysox
4 years 9 months ago

Span, who do you think is better, AJ or Torrealba?

4 years 9 months ago

Torrealba is a solid defensive catcher that sports a good enough OBP to start, but he isn’t quite good enough to be the clear starter over Ramirez or Teagarden. He’s just as much the starter as he is a veteran presence for the young catchers.

Plus I don’t think you can say that AJ is going to outproduce Torrealba at this point in his career. AJ has never been that good at throwing out baserunners, and he’s coming off his worst full year offensively.

1uglyfish
4 years 9 months ago

Maybe it was a matter of money. A.J. may want more money than they are willing to spend.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

hopefully they don’t have an hour long special to annouce there decision.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Those usually take 2 minutes…The other 58 they talk about their summer, so if they did have a show you’d only need to watch the first 2 minutes. Your welcome Ferrariman

4 years 9 months ago

Torrealba: “I’m announcing today that i’m taking my services to Texas”

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

hopefully they don’t have an hour long special to annouce there decision.

Jerry Mandering
4 years 9 months ago

LIke it, not a bad deal, and I didn’t want him on the Sox.

4 years 9 months ago

Pretty good deal, don’t know about a muti-year deal though.

Good Defense, strong arm, and a decent bat.

4 years 9 months ago

If the Red Sox are really relying on Salty next year as it appears, this makes it more likely that we get AJ back for another couple of years.

Jerry Mandering
4 years 9 months ago

Starting to look that way, I think they’re waiting on the Dodgers decision on Russell Martin though first. I wouldn’t expect the Sox catching situation to be known ’til after December 12th or whenever the non-tender deadline is this year.

4 years 9 months ago

December 2nd, things have been moved up this year. http://tinyurl.com/69hazb

4 years 9 months ago

December 2nd, things have been moved up this year. http://tinyurl.com/69hazb

4 years 9 months ago

December 2nd

Jerry Mandering
4 years 9 months ago

Awesome, thanks. Moved it up this year.

4 years 9 months ago

December 2nd

4 years 9 months ago

Torrealba is not that much worse than John Buck. This makes that deal look even more terrible.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I’d like to see Torrealba, a 32 year old, hit 20+ home runs in an easier league than John Buck did last year…Plus John Buck is 30…I think the John Buck deal is at least going to be worth it. Don’t see why Torrealba would produce much, even with the team friendly contract.

yakuzafro
4 years 9 months ago

John Buck is going to be a disaster. He and Torrealba are pretty comparable hitters (.311 career wOBA vs .309), but Torrealba is the far better defender. Don’t trust Buck’s Toronto numbers.

4 years 9 months ago

I like it for the Rangers. Torrealba has always flown under the radar and been productive.

johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Career backup catcher lands 2/6.25M. Wow… Varitek will be back in Boston next year.. Watch was Salty’s backup with all these over payments for these career backup signings so far and most will flop.

johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Career backup catcher lands 2/6.25M. Wow… Varitek will be back in Boston next year.. Watch was Salty’s backup with all these over payments for these career backup signings so far and most will flop.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

umm?

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

Seriously, no other team wanted to hand this guy 6 million over two years?! What am I missing?????

What a deal for the Rangers!

penpaper
4 years 9 months ago

Seriously, no other team wanted to hand this guy 6 million over two years?! What am I missing?????

What a deal for the Rangers!

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Based on the market so far this off season, this deal looks pretty okay…

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Based on the market so far this off season, this deal looks pretty okay…

thegrayrace
4 years 9 months ago

I’m thinking this will look like a steal for the Rangers come Spring Training.

Wish the Dodgers could’ve locked him up at that price. Better than Russell Martin at ~$6m through arbitration.

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think there is any chance that Teagarden or Ramirez backs up. I think Treanor is re-signed and he splits time with Torrealba.

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think there is any chance that Teagarden or Ramirez backs up. I think Treanor is re-signed and he splits time with Torrealba.

kevmill21
4 years 9 months ago

i for one would be very upset if treanor isn’t back.

unless teagarden can hit like he’s playing in oakland every night, or ramirez learns how to catch overnight, treanor is the best option

4 years 9 months ago

Why is it that so many Texas fans have completely written Ramirez off? He has been highly regarded for most of his career up until missing time in 2009 due to injury. At the ML level he hasn’t been given much of a chance (only 140 plate appearances) to either develop or prove himself. It seems a little early to give up on him altogether.

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think anyone is writing off Ramirez. They are just waiting for him to earn the job. He will have is chance in ST. In the mean time, Texas front office lands a reliable, veteran catcher to a short term deal for an affordable price.

kevmill21
4 years 9 months ago

i for one would be very upset if treanor isn’t back.

unless teagarden can hit like he’s playing in oakland every night, or ramirez learns how to catch overnight, treanor is the best option

4 years 9 months ago

Bengie Molina is becoming more and more attractive and possibly realistic for the Padres. Molina has had success in Petco park and has been a Padre killer. Even on the decline, he could be a nice fit to help ease Hundley into the starting catching role. If anything were to happen to Hundley, he could easily step in and play everyday. I believe he would also be valuable to the Padres young pitching core along with continued tutelage of Nick Hundley

crashcameron
4 years 9 months ago

always a big fan of bengie (and his brothers)
but haven’t you seen the size of the guy?
bengie already looks like the coach he should become

4 years 9 months ago

Great target.

4 years 9 months ago

Bengie Molina is becoming more and more attractive and possibly realistic for the Padres. Molina has had success in Petco park and has been a Padre killer. Even on the decline, he could be a nice fit to help ease Hundley into the starting catching role. If anything were to happen to Hundley, he could easily step in and play everyday. I believe he would also be valuable to the Padres young pitching core along with continued tutelage of Nick Hundley

4 years 9 months ago

the R Sox trade for Napoli the Angels don’t need him and trade for AGonsalez and you have your run production for next year and by the way sign Jason W.

4 years 9 months ago

the R Sox trade for Napoli the Angels don’t need him and trade for AGonsalez and you have your run production for next year and by the way sign Jason W.