The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Yorvit Torreabla from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday afternoon for cash considerations. Manager Ron Roenicke believes the move will provide the Brewers with flexibility at the backstop position for the final two weeks of the season, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
"We need a third catcher," said Roenicke. "Our guys (Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado) are both good offensively. There are times where I want to use them as a pinch-hitter...
"Now, I have the option to hit one of those guys when I want to and know I've got it covered.
Torrealba, 34, spent most of the season as the Texas Rangers' back-up catcher but was released in early August and signed to a minor-league deal by the Toronto Blue Jays. The veteran catcher .233/.297/.339 with four home runs in fifty-nine games between the two AL teams.
Because Torrealba was acquired after August 31, if the Brewers manage to make a miraculous run into a wild card spot, he will not be eligible for a playoff roster spot.