Torrealba Stays Put with the Rockies

Yorvit Torrealba is staying put in Denver. On Thursday, he agreed to a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies, a deal worth approximately $7 million. He has a mutual option for the 2010 season.

Torrealba, who filed for free agency after helping the Rockies reach the World Series, was set to sign a three-year contract for about twice the money with the New York Mets this month. The Rockies got back into the mix when that deal fell apart and the Mets traded for Johnny Estrada instead. In 2007, Torrealba had a 0.255 batting average, and had eight home runs with 47 RBIs in 113 games; all of these statistics were his career high.

“I sure thought he was gone to the Mets and now I’m very, very excited to have him back,” Colorado GM Dan O’Dowd said. O’Dowd went on to say, “Yorvit brings an edge to this team, an emotional edge. I thought he took a big step over the second half of the season and the final month and in the playoffs. He’s 29 years old. We hope he can continue to make those strides.”

The Rockies were happy with how Torrealba mentored young pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales.

“We wouldn’t have been able to pitch Ubaldo and Franklin in the playoffs had it not been for Yorvit’s handling on these two young pitchers,” pitching coach Bob Apodaca said during the World Series. “Yorvit is a big reason we’ve been able to withstand so many injuries to our staff.”

This is the first multi-year contract for Torrealba, who became the Rockies’ regular catcher after rookie Chris Iannetta proved to be ineffective at the plate during the spring.

Next on the agenda for the Rockies is to re-sign reliever Matt Herges. The Rockies have condeded that Kaz Matsui is not going to be back next year; the Cubs and the Astros are currently pursuing Matsui. With Matsui expected to sign elsewhere, the Rockies will look for a veteran second baseman at the winter meetings that begin December 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. However, the Rockies have several in-house candidates to replace Matsui, including Jamey Carroll, Clint Barmes, Omar Quintanilla, Jeff Baker, and Ian Stewart.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on November 29, 2007.

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