The Los Angeles Angels already had a number of options in place at catcher when veteran Yorvit Torrealba signed a minor league deal with them this off-season. The 35-year-old was not able to force his way onto the roster and so he will reportedly opt out of his deal.
Source: Yorvit Torrealba opts out of #Angels deal, will become free agent today.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) March 23, 2014
The Angels will proceed with Chris Iannetta as their starting catcher while Hank Conger tries to continue his surge and steal more playing time behind the plate. As for Torrealba, his offense was down last season but he still brings the desirable attributes of a veteran catcher when it comes to calling games, working with a pitching staff, and so on.
Henry Blanco, age 42, still has a gig as a back-up catcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks despite batting .142 last season. It would seem, then, that Torrealba has to stand a pretty good chance of catching on with another team in that capacity. Even if it is not before Opening Day, we might not have seen the last of Torrealba in 2014.