Mets, Torrealba Close to 3 year Deal

November 16, 2007 at 9:56 am 8 comments

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The New York Mets and free agent 29 year old catcher Yorvit Torrealba are very close to a 3 year deal worth $14.4M. The Mets also just locked up back-up catcher Ramon Castro to a 2 year deal worth $4.6M deal. I gotta be honest, I’m not totlly a fan of the Torrealba signing at all.

Signing Torrealba was a bad idea but it’s not like the alternative options were great either. Torrealba barely hits and he won’t hit in Shea. His Coors Field/Road splits look a little like this: .296 with 6 home runs and 34 RBIs at Coors and only .212 with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs on the road. Not that he will hit .212 with a team away from Colorado because players who leave Coors tend to be better than their road splits but I think asking him to hit .270 is a stretch. He offers little power and his defense is a little overrated. He recieves the ball and fields well but his arm leaves a little more to be desired.

LoDuca is done in New York. The front office grew tired of his off field gambling and his declining performance. Also, Keith Law in a chat yesterday made a good point that if the rumor is true that the Rockies offered Torrealba a 3 year deal then the Mets should’ve asked the Rockies about the availability of Chris Iannetta. Iannetta is a far superior bat than Torrealba and he is very cheap but he doesn’t have much experience at all.

The Mets, in hindsight, also should’ve protected Jesus Flores from the Rule-V draft last December but they didn’t think anyone would claim him and keep him on the 25 man roster all year. He could be their catcher of the future.

I think the best route the Mets could’ve gone is to make a trade for the Orioles Ramon Hernandez. The Orioles haven’t publicly said what it will take to get Hernandez but he can be had for cheap if a team takes his contract. He is coming off a bad year and his value is down. He is far superior offensively to any catcher on the market and his defense stacks up to that of Torrealba’s, maybe a tick under. Playing for a contender might light a fire under Hernandez as well.

The Mets could’ve done worse but it still doesn’t justify giving a below average catcher a 3 year deal for almost $5M per.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:28 am

    As a lifelong, die-hard Mets fan I can only think that Omar Minaya has plans to bolster the starting rotation and second base. Essentially the mets now have 2 career back up catchers. I like Ramon Castro and since he has kept his hands off little girls in Pittsburgh he has been a model ball player. He even gives pop off the bench and handles pitchers well. Torrealba has been bounced around from SF, to Seattle to the Rockies. Even away from Coors field the guy hit .214… my wife can do that. He is pretty decent defensively, mainly with blocked balls but he threw runners out with the consistancy of Mike Piazza.

    This is a case of a guy cashing in on his superb playoff performance. I see this as a full Right hand platoon eventually With Castro catching 3 days per week and Torrealba catching 4 days… or vice versa eventually. I think 3 yrs at $14 million is a bit much for a career back up and this is a really bad signing. Just not as bad as Randy Choate for Milwaukee.

    Bad Minaya… Very Bad Minaya… You better pull Johan Santana out of your butt to make the Torrealba signing settle my stomach.

  • 2. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 10:38 am

    If I were the Mets GM the Free Agent Pitcher I would be looking to sign is Jason Jennings.

    Yes he was a bust in Houston… I know but he will come a lot cheaper than Livan Hernandez would who the mets have interest in. But prior to Jennings trade to Houston the man had a quality arm and did well in COORS field. For a time he was the ace of the Colorado Staff. He would fit in nicely with Maine, Martinez and Pelfrey or Humber (provided they are still with the team but I expect either or both to be moved in a blockbuster). He (Jennings) will come a lot cheaper.. and even if it is a one year deal… he will pitch with something to prove.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I agree that Jennings would be a great addition. He induces ground balls and misses bats at a decent rate. With the Mets offense and the good infield defense Jennings could win 15 games with a low 4 or even sub 4 ERA. I still think Minaya will sign Livan Hernandez or Carlos Silva though, his obsession of signing latin players is a little ridiculous. Just sign the best player at the best price. Odds are he will get a latin born player though.

  • 4. Erik  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I think John Maine and David Wright are Latin players by proxy.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Haha! Throw Mllledge in that group too!

  • 6. MikeMcGinnis  |  November 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    lo duca is better than torrealba bottom line. unless the mets get a starter or two that can eat up innings and get 15 wins and or get a solid reliever or two this will turn out to be a bad move period.

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 17, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    Talks are over between the two. Maybe the Mets opened thier eyes!

  • 8. Erik  |  November 19, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    I think it was Torrealba’s past shoulder problems played a role. Or Minaya woke up from his dream… Torrealba will never see this much money in a contract again. I think they should just give the job to Castro and sign a defensive specialist.

    LoDuca is not going to be a Met… he will go elsewhere. Also Castillo apparently is on the verge of signing with the mets… I think it is 7 yrs to late… but then again … he seems like a better option at secondbase then Kaz Matsui… Glavine will sign a 1yr deal with Atlanta… which automaticly makes the mets with their pitching problems drop in the standings.


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