I Hope This Isn't Supposed To Be A Splash

Right. Now I'll be getting excited about the 2008 season.

The Mets are announcing they've agreed to terms with Yorvit Torrealba to be their new starting catcher.

Yeah, but you're no Yorvit Torrealba, baby...

This is like someone telling me they've set me up on a blind date with a famous fit English actress and instead of Keira Knightley, it's bloody Joan Collins showing up at the front door.

Right, call me back when it's 1950 again, Joanie.

In any event, let's also put it this way: Not an Upgrade.

It's too early in the offseason to start spitting sunflower seeds of bitterness but what, history of shoulder problems, absolute shite at throwing out runners, miserable batting average away from Coors...where's the bloody upside to this - that he's younger than Paul Lo Duca?

The real pisser about this is that, you just watch now, the Rockies will go ahead and sign Lo Duca who will hit like 40 homers at Coors Field next season where the high altitude will keep his temper on an even boil and he and Kaz Matsui lead off the top of the Rockies order all season.

Whilst signing what is in essence a backup catcher as your new number one catcher isn't thrilling news, I will give a nod to this signing for comedic value because apparently, Yorvit speaks a unique brand of English.

So hold on to your hats because to offset this 6 year reduction in age behind the plate Omar is probably primed to land Jose Contreras and Livian Hernandez as the new starting pitching tandem we've been dreaming will save the 2008 season.

Pinch me.


sanchez said...

I would have just re-signed Lo Duca and Castro as his backup and you wonder if Omar is beginning to lose his golden touch.

Jaap said...

I was looking at some stats, post-All Star thinking of the Duke's fade and note numbers accordingly:

Torrealba 58/.250/4/23/.323
Lo Duva 49/.268/4/30/.295
Castro 20/.273/6/14/.310

rather meaningless, I suppose. So as the world has already opined, this is pretty much a like for like move an adding a slightly younger, slightly defensively improved catcher. It's not sexy but Omar didn't shoot himself in the foot either...yet

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