According to Drew Davidson of the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas, catcher Yorvit Torrealba is on his way to the Toronto Blue Jays. Torrealba was released by the Texas Rangers last week after their deadline acquisition of former Chicago Cubs catcher Geovani Soto.
Torrealba’s offensive contribution at the age of 34 has been fairly non-existent. While many teams could live with a catcher who gets on base only 30% of the time, his declining slugging numbers make him little more than an emergency back up. With J.P. Arencibia on the Disabled List and prospect Travis d’Arnaud also injured, Torrealba is expected to spell relief for Jeff Mathis behind the plate for the Blue Jays.
With regular third baseman Brett Lawrie on the Disabled List as well, this would allow current back up catcher Yan Gomes to play more innings at the hot corner, translating into the rotting corpse of Omar Vizquel’s playing career getting one step closer to resting in peace.