June 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba (8) during a sixth inning at bat against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal, according to John Lott of The National Post. Drew Davison of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported the two sides were close to a deal.
Jays have signed Torrealba to minor-league deal, reports to NH.— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) August 14, 2012
The move provides some catching depth for the Jays this year, but it's unclear if Torrealba has a role on the Jays beyond this year. Torrealba will report to Class Double-A New Hampshire, staying out of the way of the team's top prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who is currently sidelined because of an injury.
Torrealba signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Rangers before the 2011 season. Texas wasn't able to find a trade partner for Torrealba, and it will be responsible for the remaining salary.
The 34-year-old was having his worst season since arguably '08, batting .236/.302/.342 in 182 plate appearances with the Rangers this year.