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Posted on: November 29, 2010 5:44 pm

Rangers sign Torrealba

Yorvit Torrealba
Nobody is going to confuse Yorvit Torrealba for Victor Martinez, whom the Rangers tried and failed to sign this month. But as offensive catchers go, you could do worse.

Texas has agreed on a two-year, $6.25 million deal with Torrealba, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. With Bengie Molina leaning toward retirement and Matt Treanor not an everyday option, the Rangers had made signing a catcher a top offseason priority.

Torrealba, 32, batted .271 for San Diego in 2010, third among National League catchers with at least 300 at-bats. He doesn't get on base a ton (.320 career OBP) but has a little pop, with 24 percent of his hits last season going for extra bases.

Torrealba was a Type B free agent, so the Padres, who offered him arbitration, will get a supplemental first-round draft pick next year. The Rangers do not surrender a pick for signing him.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm

Thinking big: Rangers target Martinez

Victor Martinez
For a team that started last season 27th in payroll, the Rangers are certainly being financially ambitious this winter.

In addition to a full-court press for Cliff Lee, the Rangers want to bring back designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who wants a multi-year deal. T.R. Sullivan of reports that Texas also is targeting the top catcher on the market, Boston All-Star Victor Martinez.

The Rangers had Bengie Molina and Matt Treanor behind the plate last year, but Molina is considering retirement and the Rangers don't see Treanor as an everyday option. They'd like to upgrade at the position, and there's no bigger upgrade available than Martinez. But he's not going to be cheap, and you have to think his asking price just went up considering the money the Marlins put up for second-tier option John Buck.

Martinez, who will be 32 when next season starts, reportedly is holding out for a four-year deal. One appeal Texas might hold for him is that, at least in the near term, he'd continue to catch full-time if the Rangers retain Guerrero. Other teams -- the Red Sox want him back, and the Tigers, Orioles and others are in the mix -- are looking at using him at DH or first base.

Between an ownership change, a huge new TV deal and the windfall from their World Series run, the Rangers' financial situation is vastly improved from a year ago. Still, it's tough to see them laying out for multi-year deals for Lee, Martinez and Guerrero. The total number there could approach a quarter of a billion dollars.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:06 pm

Marlins on hunt for No. 1 catcher

Brad Davis The Marlins are dead-set on acquiring a No. 1 catcher in the offseason, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports .

John Baker has missed the majority of the year to injury and recently underwent Tommy John surgery. While Baker's agent said the catcher is "cautiously optimistic" about being ready for spring training, that's no sure thing. In addition, Ronny Paulino is in the doghouse after being suspended for 50 games (eight of which must be served at the beginning of 2011) and Florida is expected to look elsewhere before deciding whether or not to tender the arbitration-eligible Paulino a contract.

Yorvit Torrealba, Bengie Molina and John Buck will be considered for the opening, Jackson reports. Just don't bet on Victor Martinez joining the team -- both due to his subpar defense and large pricetag. Miguel Olivo, an ex-Marlin, could also be a possibility if Colorado doesn't pick up his option.

Other names that popped up were Jason Varitek, David Ross, Matt Treanor (another ex-Marlin) and Rod Barajas, but these players would only play part-time.

That leaves the No. 2 job to be won between Baker, Brad Davis (pictured) and Brett Hayes, with Paulino given the pink slip.

Another possibility to lead the Marlins is Ivan Rodriguez, who led Florida to the 2003 World Series. Although he is under contract with the Nationals for 2011, I-Rod has said he wants to finish his career in Florida, plus the Nats are suddenly deep in young catchers. The Nats and Marlins could link up in a trade, much like when Florida sent outfielder Josh Willingham north prior to the 2009 season.

 -- Evan Brunell

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