Buzz: Mets To Offer Deal to Torrealba?

According to ESPN Radio’s Andrew Marchand, citing the player’s agent, the Mets will soon make a contract offer to free-agent C Yorvit Torrealba.

In 113 games for the Rockies this past season, Torrealba hit .255 with eight home runs and 47 RBI, while striking out 73 times in 396 at-bats.

…i’m not completely sure what is so compelling about torrealba and why he intrigues Omar Minaya and company so much…torrealba is a career .251 hitter and hasn’t shown much power…plus, he hasn’t been great defensively, committing seven errors and only throwing out 19.7 percent of runners last season, second worst in the nl…

…my hope is that minaya is simply gauging the market at this point, but eventually turns his attention back to Paul Lo Duca

…added to by Matthew Cerrone

…i totally agree, mike…it’s perpexling, to say the least…

…as i have written before, in talking with people connected to the team, i sense ownership and some coaches and players have soured on him, as they feel he was too negative during September, i.e., the team looked to him as an emotional leader, during which he was down and out and depressed – much like you and i…to me, he was probably just reflecting his honesty, which is a good thing to some extent, but i also understand how this can be bad…what’s more, i keep hearing that the team wants a catcher who works better with the pitching staff…

…again, as i have said before, if i had to guess, at this point, i’d say the Mets will pursue other options at catcher, while considering lo duca to be a fall-back position, knowing how badly he wants to return…personally, i’d just re-sign him…i think his heart, pride and intensity is something this club should be built around, but i will understand if they go a different direction…i just can’t believe that direction could be torrealba…