Mets No Longer Pursuing Torrealba

The Mets are no longer pursuing free-agent backstop Yorvit Torreabla. An agreement on contract terms (three years for $14.4 million) had been reached, but the deal was subject to Torrealba passing a physical.

The Mets declined to say Saturday whether Torrealba had passed — or even taken — a physical. Instead, the club only acknowledged that no deal was in place and no additional contact with Torrealba’s agent was scheduled. General manager Omar Minaya said “All I will tell you is that we have no agreement and there are no current negotations.”

There was some indication from a club official on Friday that a final agreement was not the given it usually is when agreement on terms in is place.

Minaya declined to say whether he planned to renew contact or if he had made contact with Paul Lo Duca’s agent, who seemingly had been eliminated as a candidate to catch next season.

A person familiar with the Mets’ pursuit of Torrealba indicated on Saturday night that the condition of Torrealba’s right shoulder might have been the cause for the terminated talks. But his information was second hand, and he was unsure if the 29-year-old catcher had undergone a physical.

Another person indicated the reason wasn’t related to the results of any tests other than a routine physical.

Torrealba’s shoulder became an issue in February 2006, when he joined the Rockies in Spring Training, two months after he had been acquired from the Mariners in a trade.

The Rockies learned weight training had led to an injury or a condition that affected his throwing. The Rockies, who had high regard for Torrealba’s receiving and his handling of pitchers, were willing to tolerate Torrealba’s abysmal throwing.  How bad was Torrealba at catcher? Well, during the 2007 season, Rockies’ opponents stole 61 bases in 76 attempts (that’s a successful percentage of 80.26%). The league average, on the other hand, is around 70%, so a ten percent drop-off is pretty significant.

The Mets are reportedly now trying to pursue David Eckstein to play second base.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 17, 2007.

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