Brewers Acquire Yorvit Torrealba

The Brewers have acquired catcher Yorvit Torrealba from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the teams announced. Torrealba will be in uniform for Milwaukee tomorrow.

Torrealba appeared in ten games for the Blue Jays after they signed him to a minor league deal last month. J.P. Arencibia has since returned from the disabled list, lessening the Blue Jays' need for catching. Torrealba last appeared in a game on September 15th.

In 212 total plate appearances with the Rangers and Blue Jays this year Torrealba has a .233/.297/.339 batting line. The Brewers will pay the 34-year-old a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary until he hits free agency at the end of the season. He joins catchers Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado on Milwaukee's active roster.

15 Responses to Brewers Acquire Yorvit Torrealba Leave a Reply

  1. Fizzzay 3 years ago

    I’m a little confused why they want him.

  2. Play Maldonado at first and use Yorvit as the backup catcher if Corey can’t play?

  3. john12121212 3 years ago

    Good savings for AA and Rogers

  4. Rhymes with Cryin' Bud 3 years ago


  5. You’re not going to play Maldonado out of position when you have Ishikawa who is a above average defensive first baseman….

    • I wouldn’t be surprised to see Maldonado starting at 1B tomorrow against Gio – lefty righty matchups. Otherwise, if he doesn’t start at all, then Maldonado is the best right-handed hitter coming off the bench.

  6. johnsmith4 3 years ago

    Edited in response to public dislike #ShameEdit

  7. This is about all your gonna see from the Jays for a while. The return will basically be nothing.

  8. davbee 3 years ago

    Sounds like Corey Hart’s balky foot is going to be an issue the rest of the year. There should be some platoon at bats at first base for Maldonado, at which time Torrealba will serve as the back up catcher.

  9. johnsilver 3 years ago

    The modern day version of Kevin Cash.

  10. Jim Sinicki 3 years ago

    I’ll be the one to read into this a little further and go out on a limb I guess. I kind of wonder if the Brewers are looking at Torrealba and calling this a “try out” of sorts. The Brewers have two very good young catchers who are under team control for the next what… 5/6 years each? I can’t imagine a scenerio in which they keep Maldanado to sit on the bench when they know they can probably get a decent return for trading him. He wont pull a top arm but a starting rotation type guy…maybe? The Brewers are going to make a serious run in 2013 it looks like so why not make a move in the off season that will improve this team?

    • diehardmets 3 years ago

      If the Brewers were to trade Maldonado, I’m sure the Mets would have interest. We have plenty of the filler/back end SP that would likely match up in a deal.

  11. GCREW 3 years ago

    Why would they do this. Makes ZERO sense.

  12. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Hmm.. Passed around catcher. decent defense, can’t buy a hit, neither any reason to have been at the MLB level the last 2-3 years they played..

  13. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Torrealba can’t hit. Some backups at least have power and defense (Shoppach example) guys like Cash and Torrealba offer nothing.

    Cash had MiLB experience catching a knuckleball as well, he really did have a good arm, something else torrealba is short on.

    Just both shouldn’t have been in the game their last couple of years.. Cash? he could catch a knuckleball and block it, plus his arm. Torrealba? he is willing to get “beat around” like he has been. neither can hit a lick.

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