Yorvit Torrealba to the Rangers

August 10, 2010: Yorvit Torrealba catcher for the Padres in action during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres at PETCO park in San Diego, California.

Source: YardBarker.com

Yorvit Torrealba will be playing for the Texas Rangers next season. He signed a 2 year contract worth $3 million in 2011 and $3.25 million in 2012. Torrealba will now be the starting catcher in Texas and will take over for Bengie Molina.

That will give the Padres another supplemental draft pick in the upcoming draft. The Padres already have received a draft pick for Jon Garland signing with the Dodgers.

Torrealba brought leadership, a strong arm, and clutch at bats to the Padres. He also handled the pitching staff really well and gave Nick Hundley a mentor during the season. The Padres feel that Hundley is ready to take on the starting duties for the friars and he will go into the season as the starter. The Padres are still looking for a veteran backstop to bring in to be a backup.

There are some possibilities through free agency that the Padres may look at. Bengie Molina and AJ Pierzynski are available but are most likely looking to get a starting role somewhere. There are a few former Padres that we may look at: Henry Blanco, Miguel Olivo, and Josh Bard. Of those 3, I would only really like Olivo, and he probably would rather stay in Colorado to boost his hitting numbers.

Here are some of the catchers that are available:

Catchers
Rod Barajas (35)
Josh Bard (33)
Henry Blanco (39)
Gerald Laird (31)
Bengie Molina (36)
Miguel Olivo (32)
A.J. Pierzynski (34)
Matt Treanor (35)
Jason Varitek (39)
Gregg Zaun (40)

There are a few names on this list that I would rather see starting on our team instead of Hundley. I wouldn;t even mind using Brad Ausmus, our recent hire as a special assistant put a slash on that role and add backup catcher to it! Blanco would be a decent backup and Varitek has ties to GM Jed Hoyer from his Boston days. I think Rod Barajas would be a good pickup for us to split time with Hundley.

Topics: Bengie Molina, Henry Blanco, Josh Bard, Miguel Olivo, Nick Hundley, Rod Barajas, San Diego Padres, Yorvit Torrealba

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  • Larry Faria

    One factor in finding a backup is how much Hundley will play. Last year he had 76 starts, and the Padres have said they expect him to start about 95 games. I wouldn’t want to see him overworked at 140+ games like the Dodgers did with Bennett, but 95 starts sounds rather cautious.

    If Hundley were penciled in for 110-115 starts, the Padres wouldn’t have to look for a veteran backup with dreams of starting. They could get by with a journeyman like Dusty Ryan. Don’t you think the Padres are being less than confident in Hundley by projecting only 95 starts, or is that just an attempt to make the backup job more attractive to candidates who still think they could be primary catchers?

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      I think that there is still some hesitation on Hundley… I think they like the mentoring figure on the team that knows how to handle a pitching staff.

  • Tanned Tom

    Padre management stinks. They’ve let Torrealba, Garland, Tejada, Young, Correia all go. They’re gonna let Eckstein go. They’re gonna trade Gonzalez and Bell. Who will be left worth watching besides Latos?

    • http://boltbeat.com Ernie Padaon

      it still a little too early to judge the moves that we have made (or not made). We didn’t pick up a lot of our free agents last season until late in the off-season.

  • Lorenzo

    The Padres didn’t let Garland and Torrealba go, they left, rejecting their mutual options. Yorvit became a starter in Texas, and Garland’s family is in LA. He didn’t want to leave after 2009, and signed with the Padres when he didn’t get an offer from the Dodgers.

    Tejada would have cost too much in arbitration, Young wasn’t worth $8.5 million after missing 57 starts in the last 3 years, and Correia rejected arbitration.

    Young and Correia could still come back, they can’t trade Bell after trading 40% of their bullpen, and Adrian can’t even play until mid-March – and he’ll only be traded mid-year if the Padres aren’t contending. Eckstein could come back – who else wants him?

    As for who to watch, how about Richard and Stauffer, Ludwick and Venable and Maybin, and Headley and Hundley, as well as Gregerson and Frieri? It’s a TEAM, not a succession of burlesque acts. View the team the same way as last year, when we wondered if that 62 game run in 2009 was a fluke. The experts said it was and were wrong. Next Spring they’ll say the 90 wins was a fluke. A true fan will hope the experts are proven wrong again.