On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays will call catcher Yorvit Torrealba up to their Major League squad and, in doing so, will save the Texas Rangers a pile of cash.
The Rangers released Torrealba back on August 8, after acquiring Geovany Soto in a trade with the Cubs, and then finding no suitors willing to trade for the veteran backstop. As such, they owe Torrealba just north of $1 million in guaranteed money. When Toronto calls Torrealba up, though, they’ll pay him the prorated minimum of $116,044--which will be subtracted from what Texas owes him.
Torrealba may not want to unpack his bags just yet. The Blue Jays say they’ve made it clear to the former Giant, Rocky and Ranger that he is their no. 3 catcher behind Jeff Mathis and the currently-injured J.P. Arencibia. Meaning that Torrealba’s job with Toronto is hardly a cushy one.
“At that point, if we don’t have playing time for him we could find him a home somewhere else,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said this week, per the Dallas Morning News. “If not, he’d be with the organization to the end of the year.”