Jays interested in Torrealba
In need of help behind the plate, the Blue Jays have inquired about free-agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba multiple times and are expected to make a formal contract offer, according to an industry source.
Torrealba’s agent, Melvin Roman, confirmed on Tuesday that Toronto has reached out to him on more than one occasion to discuss the catcher’s future, but he declined further comment. Beyond the Blue Jays, Torreabla has suitors in the Rockies and Giants, with two or three other teams expressing some level of interest.
“They did call. They have called a few times already,” said Roman, referring to the Blue Jays. “We have spoken about the possibilities with Toronto. They did call and ask about Torrealba.”
Rod Barajas, who served as Toronto’s primary catcher over the last two seasons, is a free agent this winter, leaving a vacancy behind the plate for the Jays. The only catcher with big league experience currently on the Jays’ roster is Raul Chavez, who is eligible for arbitration this winter and is expected to return as the backup.
ELSEWHERE: Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse tweeted Tuesday night that the Jays were close to re-signing shortstop John McDonald for around $1.5 million. Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos and Johnny Mac’s agent could not be immediately reached for comment. Stay tuned…