The Padres have signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a 1-year, $1.25 million deal, with a $3.5 million mutual option for 2011. The deal was agreed upon last Friday and made official on Tuesday.
Things to know about Torrealba:
- He hit .258/.316/.394 over the past four seasons despite getting to play half his games at Coors Field
- In 84 PA at Petco Park, he has hit .156/.198/.234 with a homer; the homer came on September 5, 2006, against Chris Young, who now can ask his new batterymate how to avoid giving up jacks to weak-hitting catchers
- His name is way cooler than yours
He isn’t great, but he’s probably no worse than his predecessor, Henry Blanco. As Nick Hundley’s backup, Torrealba should be Servaisable. Meanwhile, Dusty Ryan assumes the “ready at Triple-A if needed” role held by Luke Carlin in 2008 and by Eliezer Alfonzo in 2009.