Brewers trade cash for Yorvit Torrealba | Disciples of Uecker

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It’s not often you see a trade with 13 games remaining on the schedule, but the Brewers acquired catcher Yorvit Torrealba from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Milwaukee is sending cash to Toronto.

Torrealba will be in uniform with the Brewers on Saturday, according to the Brewers’ Twitter account.

In 59 games with the Jays and Texas Rangers this year, Torrealba hit .233/.297/.339 with four home runs and eight doubles. Defensively, he allowed 4 passed balls in 58 games behind the dish and threw out 10 of 45 basestealers (22%). Jonathan Lucroy has thrown on 23% of basestealers this year, while Martin Maldonado has thrown out 30%.

With so little time left in the season, it doesn’t seem like Torrealba will (or should) get much actual playing time. Unless there’s been an unannounced injury, you would think Torrealba’s main contribution would be providing Ron Roenicke with peace of mind knowing he has another catcher on the bench should he decide to use Lucroy or Maldonado as a pinch-hitter. There were no other catchers previously on the Brewers’ 40-man roster, and –speculating here — since Humberto Quintero has been off for a couple weeks now after the end of Nashville’s season, the Brewers may have preferred to bring someone in who’s seen live action recently.

Torrealba was placed on release waivers by the Rangers on August 9 and was signed to a minor league deal by the Blue Jays on August 14. He will not be eligible for the postseason roster, should the Brewers sneak into the playoffs as the second wildcard.

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