The Rockies have a $4 million dollar mutual option on 31-year old righty swinging catcher Yorvit Torrealba for the 2010 season. Torrealba would likely have no problem playing for the Rockies again next season so the decision likely rests with the team. Re-sign him for $4 million bucks or pay him $500,000 bucks to leave. Torrealba played in 64 games for the Rockies this season and he was 62 for 213 (.291 avg, .731 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 31 RBIs. In four years with the Rockies, Torrealba has played in 312 games in which he is 276 for 1,068 (.258 avg, .710 OPS) with 116 runs scored, 23 homers and 152 RBIs. $4 million bucks is certainly a lot of cash for a back up catcher so the Rockies will have to determine whether or not they want to start Torrealba over Chris Iannetta before they choose to pick up the option or buy him out. Even if the Rockies let Torrealba go they have to remember his name at the trade deadline in 2010 as he has been a money player in the post season. He has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 15 for 56 (.268 avg, .757 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs.
UPDATE: The Rockies have declined Yorvit Torrealba’s option for the 2010 season.