Buzz on Livan, Yorvit

According to Buster Olney, the Mets will be targeting Livan Hernandez to fill the role of innings eater in the starting rotation.

And we have to PAY for this information from ESPN? Funny, thought the subject had been covered ad nauseam both here and on other subscription-free blogs. But hey, if you want to hear it from Buster, be my guest and crack out the credit card.

For the umpteenth time, I’ll state the painfully obvious: the Mets need a reliable, durable starter who can go deep into games — like into the 7th and occasionally the 8th. There are exactly two of those type of horses available on the FA market: Livan Hernandez and Carlos Silva. We fully expect Omar Minaya to speak with both of them and make a fair offer to either / both.

Marlins Like Torrealba

Strangely, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins are targeting Yorvit Torrealba to fill their “hole” behind the plate.

As Juan C. Rodriguez states,

“Improving the Marlins’ major league worst defense will start behind the plate. . . Don’t be surprised if the Marlins are the higher bidder. They told one rival general manager they’ve set aside a healthy allocation to address their catching deficiencies.”

To me it’s strange because Miguel Olivo has excellent raw skills for the catching position, particularly a rifle of an arm. Yes, he’s a bit screwed up in the head, but you have to be in order to catch (trust me, I’m a still a catcher in my late thirties and definitely screwed up in the head). Yes, Olivo made 19 errors and 26 passed balls in the past two years. But, a high number of catcher’s errors usually means you have a guy with a gun who is being ultra-aggressive. The passed balls are probably more the fault of the dozens of AA-level pitchers that Florida trots to the mound every year.

Though I suppose I can see the Marlins’ point; they’ve probably tired of Olivo’s shortcomings and don’t see him improving. What I don’t see is how Yorvit Torrealba is going to make a significant impact on the team’s success, and further, why you would make a guy like Torrealba your highest-paid player. It would seem to me they already have a Torrealba in Matt Treanor — give him the regular job and/or add a cheaper backstop to split time (i.e., Chad Moeller, Mike DiFelice, Einar Diaz, Corky Miller — there are plenty of “catch and throw guys” available).

When Torrealba’s agent was asked about his interest in joining the Marlins, he said,

“Yorvit would love it. They’re a good team, a young team, and Yorvit would be a great fit there. We’re going to be open to whatever situation. Florida is a good team that I know will be attractive for him.”

The article also noted that Torrealba had recently purchased a condo in South Florida, intending to split his time between there and his home in Venezuela.

Well it sounds to me like Yorvit could be going to the Marlins, if he doesn’t re-sign with the Rockies. And that is a GOOD thing — I’d hate to see the Mets get into a bidding war for Torrealba, who despite playing in a World Series is far from a championship-caliber catcher. Better to re-sign Paul LoDuca on a short-term deal with a home-team discount.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Matt Himelfarb November 9, 2007 at 5:41 pm
    You are right about the ESPN subscription dilemna; You acutally have to subscribe to email one of their writers.

    At this point, sites like MLBTR are just going to extract the necessary info from ESPN, so it might suite them well to make their content open to the public.

    On the other hand, it might be like text messaging; if dim witted teenagers are willing to pay the price, why NOT continue to ruin their lives?

  2. Micalpalyn November 9, 2007 at 5:55 pm
    Yes, I expect Omar will sign FA Livian……….If 15 other pitchers Omar ranks ahead of him all are mysteriously poisoned.
  3. isuzudude November 10, 2007 at 9:11 am
    The following from

    “Willie Collazo allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings Thursday for La Guaira of the VWL. Collazo has yet to allow a run in 11 innings of work.”

    Talk about increasing your trade value. With Feliciano and Schoeneweis likely not going anywhere, and Billy a 3rd lefty in the pen, Collazo seems likely never to get a solid crack at the Mets pen unless there’s a significant injury. As much as I’d love to keep him around as insurance, this may be the best time to package him up in a trade and get someone who can help in the more immediate future. Am I crazy to think other teams will be gaining interest in our 27 year old career minor leaguer?

  4. skibolton November 12, 2007 at 8:38 am
    I can’t see other teams seeing him as much more than a throw in piece in any deal. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him stay in the organization to provide a little depth for the pen. I don’t think you can count on omar getting much back for collazo, muniz, or even smith at this point. I’d prefer to keep all three so that if we do release mota, or someone gets hurt, we have people available to fill in.