Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Source: Blue Jays to Sign Yorvit Torrealba

Torrealba,right, was suspended 66 games in the
 Venezuelan League last year after hitting the umpire,left.
A report by Drew Davidson, a writer for Fort Worth Star-Telegram, says backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba is close to joining the Toronto Blue Jays. If this is indeed true, which it likely is, Torrealba will assume the backup catcher duties, with Yan Gomes becoming the back up 3rd baseman, taking over for Omar Vizquel. Vizquel,45, has had to go out of his role as Assistant Bench Coach since Brett Lawrie got injured to play a game every 4th day or so.The 34 year old we will call Yorvit has an OBP of .302, and is pretty bad defensively.

So if your counting players on the disabled list, the Blue Jays now have 4 back up catchers. JP Arencibia,Jeff Mathis, Yorvit Torrealba, and Yan Gomes. Travis d'Arnaud couldn't come soon enough...Right?

Update: The Blue Jays just announced that they signed Torrealba to a minor league contract, and he will report to AA New Hampshire, where he will play 4 games before coming up next week in Detroit.

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