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Yorvit Torrealba opts out of Angels deal, becomes free agent

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The veteran catcher will test the free agent market.

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba has opted out of his minor league deal with the Angels and will become a free agent later today, according to an industry source. Torrealba signed a minor league deal with the Angels in late January that allowed him to opt out and become a free agent if he did not make the team.

Torrealba, 35, hit .278 with 1 RBI in twelve games for the Angels this spring while competing with Hank Conger for the backup catcher job behind starter Chris Iannetta. He said yesterday that there was "zero chance" he would head to the minors with the Angels, and will now pursue big league opportunities elsewhere.

In 61 games with the Rockies last year, Torrealba hit .240 with 16 RBI in his thirteenth major league season. For his career, he is a lifetime .256 hitter with 56 HR and 339 RBI in thirteen years with seven different ballclubs.