The Colorado Rockies are likely to keep Yorvit Torrealba on
their roster as a backup behind the plate, while they’re expected to trade
veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post.
Torrealba would backup starter Wilin Rosario, and the
Rockies have another player, Jordan Pacheco, on the roster that can also catch
if needed. The presence of Torrealba makes Hernandez expendable.
Hernandez signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the
Rockies last offseason, and he’s set to earn $3.2 million in 2013. Torrealba
was added on a minor league contract over the winter, and he’s far less
expensive as a reserve option.
Last season as a backup for the Rockies, Hernandez hit
.217/.247/.353 with 10 doubles and five home runs over 196 plate appearances.
He missed significant time due to injury. Over 14 seasons in the majors,
Hernandez owns a career batting line of .264/.327/.417.
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