What Rhymes with Yorvit?

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.

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8 Responses »

  1. I once asked to play catch with Yorvit,
    He said “Sure, let me go get mymit”!

    boooo :-)

  2. Tag! You’re it!

  3. Nice to see DS back up, miss your writing. I guess I could venture out to your other sites, but I am old and hard to adjust to new habits. FOD for Friend of Ducksnorts?

  4. #1: Hey — I laughed. :)

  5. Yorvit’s BA at Petco is 15.6% better than mine!

    I heard he also threw out 5% of runners last year! Sign ‘im up, baby!! Whoo hoo

    Seriously, though, he was battling injuries (something, I don’t remember — shoulder?) . .. and as long as he’s just a backup . . . .

  6. I miss Luke Carlin :-(

  7. LynchMob: That wasn’t just bad, it was torreable.

    Jay: Thanks, it’s great to be back. I need all the friends I can get… especially after that last joke.

    Phantom: Oddly, so do I. Carlin couldn’t hit a lick, but I like the way he played the game.