Rockies offer Yorvit Torrealba minor-league deal

Layne Murdoch

Colorado has given the veteran backstop a chance to return to Coors Field.

The Colorado Rockies have offered veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba the chance to return to his old stomping grounds on a minor-league contract, reports Thomas Harding of MLB.com:

The Rockies also have offered a Minor League deal to catcher Yorvit Torrealba...

Torrealba, who hit a combined .227 last season with the Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers, is believed to be considering his options.

Torrealba, 34, spent significant time behind the plate for the Rockies from 2006-2009, helping lead the club to their first and only World Series appearance in 2007. Since then, Torrealba has bounced around to the Padres, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Brewers.

While one might conclude Torrealba's offensive numbers were enhanced by the friendly confines of Coors Field, the Venezuelan backstop hit .258/.316/.394 with 23 home runs in his four seasons with Colorado, and has batted a similar .262/.317/.377 with 18 big flies in the three seasons since.

Advanced metrics are not very nice to Torrealba when it comes to defense, but he has thrown out 30 percent of baserunners in his career -- slightly better than league average.

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