The Los Angeles Angels added some veteran depth at the catcher position, finalizing a deal with 35-year-old Yorvit Torrealba on Monday.
The deal was initially reported by Jon Heyman of CBS:
#angels agree to minor-league deal with yorvit torrealba. good spot for him.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 1, 2014
Torrealba may or may not be trolling Chris Iannetta. He backed him up in Colorado for a number of years, unseating him as the primary catcher more than once. With Wilin Rosario now firmly entrenched in Colorado, Torrealba apparently figured he could take another crack at Iannetta, this time in the AL.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the terms of the deal:
Source: Yorvit Torrealba will make $950K plus incentives if he makes #Angels ML club. 3/23 opt-out on minor league deal.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 11, 2014
Torrealba does not hit much at this point in his career (.240/.295/.285 in 2013) and he is not even that gifted defensively. But he does bring leadership, game-calling skills and veteran wisdom, things that remain valuable from one of your catchers.
For evidence of said veteran wisdom, check out this radical double play from Yorvit last season: