Update: it’s a rumor no more.
#BlueJays sign Yorvit Torrealba to a Minor League deal. He’ll report to New Hampshire.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) August 14, 2012
Sure, the Toronto Blue Jays might have taken a stand-pat stance at the non-waiver trade deadline this season; but you didn’t think that the team would stop with the roster additions after that, did you?
Drew Davis of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Blue Jays may be making it’s second acquisition in under a week, as Yorbit Torrealba could be on his way:
#Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba “looks like he’s going to Toronto [Blue Jays].”
— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) August 14, 2012
Of course, the haul from waivers aren’t always going to be as exciting as say, J.A. Happ…but hey, we might get a backup catcher to back up our backup catcher! If the move is indeed made to claim the veteran backstop off waivers, it’ll follow the recent acquisition of minor league reliever Juan Abreu. I can’t imagine Torrealba would have any place in the team’s long term plans, but he’ll fill in as Jeff Mathis‘ backup catcher until the return of J.P. Arencibia at the end of t he month, at which point there’d probably be a good chance the team will put him back on waivers.
The move would provide some lineup flexibility over the next couple of weeks in regards to Yan Gomes, who will probably see some more time at 3B over Omar Vizquel, who will then return to a backup role after filling in (along with Adeiny Hechavarria) in place of the injured Brett Lawrie…
What a mess. This almost reminds me of the dark days when Mark Teahen and Jayson Nix both spent time at 3rd for the Blue Jays. None of this is saying anything particularly negative about Torrealba, who has posted a perfectly usable .704 career OPS over 2663 ABs on top of 10+ seasons of backup catching experience.
Still, think of it this way: Jeff Mathis is getting a backup catcher in Toronto. Pretty much sums up the current, comically injury-afflicted state of the 2012 Blue Jays, I think. (For fun, swap his name with Yan Gomes or Yorvit Torrealba. Hint: it doesn’t make things any better)