By Mike Steffanos
I've been mulling this over all day, and is still doesn't make much sense to me. By the way, keep in mind that despite all of the ink today on the Mets making an offer to Yorvit Torrealba this isn't a done deal yet.
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone has a good post on why the Mets are pursuing Torrealba:
...from what i can gather, the Mets feel torrealba, going forward, over the next few years, will be as good as Paul Lo Duca, if not better, plus come at a less expensive price...the team would rather have traded for a catcher, such as Ramon Hernandez, Gerald Laird or Kelly Shoppach, but the cost on all three was and will continue to be too high...ultimately, giving torrealba a three-year deal is the quickest, best, least-expensive option, and allows them to re-focus on filling its pitching staff, who, by the way, like to know who they'll be throwing to when coming to a new team...
...as such, we should expect torrealba and Ramon Castro, who will likely ink a deal in the next week or so, to split time equally throughout the season...
Matt also has an interview with Rockies beat writer Troy E. Renck on Torrealba.
As stated previously, I have my reservations about Castro staying healthy enough to catch half the games, but we all like Castro's offense when he's in there. As for Torrealba, he doesn't walk much, doesn't hit for average and doesn't hit for power. I honestly don't see this one. I think the Mets should have taken a shot at getting a little more offense for the catching position.
Baseball is a tough business, and requires tough business decisions. Lo Duca was here in the first place because the Mets made a business decision to let Mike Piazza go -- who spent more time in New York than Paul did. Although I liked Lo Duca, I could live with a decision to let him go. I could also understand the point that the trade market for a reasonable catcher is over-priced, and this would only cost the Mets money. I still can't get myself to embrace this signing, if indeed it takes place.