DON’T Get Used to Yorvit
Darn, I was just starting to get used to the idea of Yorvit behind the plate (not) …
Unbelievably, the Yorvit Torrealba deal is dead.
This is most strange and remarkable, since the signing was officially posted on Mets.com and MLB.com on Thursday. Of course, those announcements, stories and links have now mysteriously vanished from both websites — as if it never happened. Suddenly I feel like I’m inside a George Orwell novel.
No one is talking, but apparently it had nothing to do with the physical. Maybe Yorvit was browsing the various Mets blogs and saw he was receiving a less than lukewarm welcome. Or perhaps Omar Minaya was reading the blogs and suddenly realized the impending catastrophe of signing a career backup to a three-year, fifteen million dollar deal.
Or maybe Yorvit’s name will be appearing on George Mitchell’s list of steroid suspects when it’s published next month.
Strike that last sentence from your memory, folks — I stated “maybe” as in “I have no idea and just coming up with some kind of explanations”. I am not suggesting that Torrealba ever did anything that could have been illegal nor against MLB rules. And not trying to start any rumors, nor trying to create scandalous lies. If that sentence is held against me, I’ll make it “vanish” just like MLB.com makes transactions vanish from their website.
Seriously though, everyone is mum on the situation, and we’ll hopefully get some kind of statement by Monday. This is all we have, officially, from Jay Horwitz:
“The Mets did not reach an agreement with Yorvit Torrealba, and there are no current negotiations.”
The problem now, of course, is that the Mets also seemingly burned their bridges with Paul LoDuca. Not saying that LoDuca is the answer for 2008, but it doesn’t help that the free agent options are dwindling. No more Jorge Posada, looks like no Torrealba, and likely no LoDuca. That leaves Michael Barrett and Jason Kendall. Ugh.
So perhaps the Ramon Hernandez rumors will be heating up again. Or maybe Mike Sweeney was serious about putting the gear back on.
Anyhow, it’s back to the drawing board, with the trade route seemingly the only place the Mets can find a legit catcher — which doesn’t help their bargaining position with trade partners.