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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Rockies - Acquired Torrealba

Colorado Rockies - Acquired C Yorvit Torrealba from the Seattle Mariners for future considerations.

I think J.D. Closser is a better player than he showed with the Rockies, but they’ve pretty much given up on him as a starter since they’ve fallen in love with Danny Ardoin for no particular reason.  I’d personally go into the spring with Closser still the starter, but if that’s not an option, better Yorvit the Torrealba than Ardoin.

2006 ZiPS Projection - Yorvit Torrealba
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AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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193 32   52 12 1   5 24 17 39   1 .269 .329 .420

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 08, 2005 at 03:02 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mister High Standards Posted: December 08, 2005 at 04:25 PM (#1767473)
I love Yorvit Torrealba as a catcher. I have for years - I think he has a chance to be the best catcher in the NL next year. He's a good catch and throw guy with more than just some pop in his bat. I expect he will get 300 at bats next year and be a really nice fantasy player for any league that allows daily transactions.
   2. Mister High Standards Posted: December 08, 2005 at 04:26 PM (#1767476)
seriously how does Doug Mirebelli cost you Mark Lorretta while Yorvite who is better and younger costs you future considerations? Madness. Can Towers.
   3. 1k5v3L Posted: December 08, 2005 at 07:00 PM (#1767861)
The Mariners received Marcos Carvajal. A good trade for the M's.

And I agree, can Towers. What a bad trade the Loretta move was.
   4. Honkie Kong Posted: December 08, 2005 at 07:03 PM (#1767876)
U kiddin me?! The rockies gave up Carvajal for a backup catcher!!

ugh.
   5. Los Angeles Waterloo of Black Hawk Posted: December 08, 2005 at 09:35 PM (#1768315)
Who catches for Seattle now? Bengie Molina? Someone in-house?
   6. Craig in MN Posted: December 08, 2005 at 09:41 PM (#1768331)
Jojima
   7. The George Sherrill Selection Posted: December 08, 2005 at 09:44 PM (#1768345)
Jojima.

Trivia question: did the Ms have more catchers or shortstops in 2005?
   8. The Ancient Mariner Posted: December 08, 2005 at 09:53 PM (#1768374)
Catchers. Easily.
   9. Boots Day Posted: December 08, 2005 at 09:56 PM (#1768380)
Torrealba's yearly OPS+ since he first came up in 2001: 290, 106, 83, 79, 69.
   10. The Ancient Mariner Posted: December 08, 2005 at 10:09 PM (#1768400)
Aaaand now, presenting today's edition of "Small Sample Size Theatre": Boots Day!
   11. Mike Emeigh Posted: December 08, 2005 at 10:58 PM (#1768469)
Catchers. Easily.

Catchers: Borders, Wiki G., Ojeda, Olivo, Rivera, Yorvit, Wilson
SS: Yuni, Bloomquist, Lopez, Morse, Santiago, Valdez

Close, but the catchers win.

-- MWE
   12. 1k5v3L Posted: December 08, 2005 at 11:03 PM (#1768477)
at least the m's could catch and throw the ball in 2005; it was the other tools that were severely missing...
   13. The Ancient Mariner Posted: December 08, 2005 at 11:37 PM (#1768538)
I wouldn't call that particularly close, using two more people at a position; that's a 40% increase, for one thing.
   14. The Ancient Mariner Posted: December 08, 2005 at 11:41 PM (#1768545)
BTW, I should credit Dan Szymborski for spelling "Torrealba" properly (maybe it has something to do with growing up with a last name like "Szymborski"--an advanced stage of sympathy). Over on U.S.S. Mariner, so many folks were spelling it "Torreabla" that someone suggested they think of him as the love child of Joe Torre and Jessica Alba. It sort of worked; mostly, it just got him dubbed "JoeJessica," and only a handful of people even tried his actual last name after that.
   15. Enrico Palazzo Posted: December 09, 2005 at 01:21 AM (#1768755)
By my count, this is the sixth former Giants catcher acquired by the Rockies, seventh if you count Matt Nokes. (Decker, Manwaring, Servais, Mayne, Estalella, Torrealba) In most cases, the player has to make a stop with another organization before getting to Denver, except for the exciting 1999 offseason, when the Rockies signed both Servais AND Mayne. Look for Mike Matheny and Trey Lunsford to don the purple pinstripes by 2008.
   16. Jeff K. Posted: December 09, 2005 at 03:20 AM (#1768948)
mostly, it just got him dubbed "JoeJessica,"

This is more clever than any of the Yankee Chatter nicknames that have bled out into the mainstram.

"Slappy McBluelips", however, is utter genius.
   17. SouthSideRyan Posted: December 09, 2005 at 03:37 AM (#1768984)
You forgot Jeff Reed, Enrico.
   18. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: December 09, 2005 at 03:45 AM (#1768993)
Ah! I'd wondered for some time who JoeJessica was.
   19. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 09, 2005 at 03:46 AM (#1769000)
By my count, this is the sixth former Giants catcher acquired by the Rockies, seventh if you count Matt Nokes.

And why would you ignore Matt Nokes?!?

Kind of like how the 2000 Royals had 5 or 6 ex-Phillies relievers.
   20. Enrico Palazzo Posted: December 10, 2005 at 01:14 PM (#1771081)
I like Matt Nokes, but he only had 11 at-bats for Colorado. But you're right, he deserves to be counted, and along with Reed, Nokes makes eight. Dan O'Dowd, Benito is still out there!
   21. Dr Love Posted: December 10, 2005 at 03:22 PM (#1771117)
I think he has a chance to be the best catcher in the NL next year.

Did you forget to put "backup" in there?

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