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The Mets and free-agent C Yorvit Torrealba are close to a deal, and could reach an agreement as early as this week, reports David Lennon and Ken Davidoff in Newsday.

from what i can gather, the offer is likely to be a three-year, $15 million deal, which is one year and $9 million more than was offered by his former team, the Rockies

…i don’t get it…seriously, i just don’t get it…this could end up being one of the more perplexing moves of the Omar-Minaya Era…

Last night, on ESPN Radio, Andrew Marchand was first to report that the Mets will soon make a contract offer to Torrealba.

Of course, Mets GM Omar Minaya said yesterday that, while Torrealba is ‘on their radar,’ Paul Lo Duca is ‘still in play,’ according to John Delcos in the Journal News.

Nevertheless, according to multiple reports yesterday, Lo Duca’s agent had e-mailed reporters saying that the Mets apparently do not see his client as a priority, ‘at this time.’

By the way, in a recent report for, Keith Law does not rank Torrealba among the Top 50 Free Agents, while he ranks Lo Duca at No. 32.

Lastly, according to Shpigel’s report in the Times, if the Mets are unable to acquire Torrealba, they ‘could’ try to trade for O’s C Ramon Hern├índez, Rangers C Gerald Laird, or even D’Backs C Miguel Montero, who ‘could be a possibility, too.’

Actually, according to Mark Hale in the New York Post, citing an ‘MLB team exec,’ the Mets have been in touch with the Rangers about Laird, who tossed out 40 percent of runners trying to steal against him last season.

Also, in his report for the Journal News, Delcos lists the Mets as exploring a deal for Pirates C Ronny Paulino, as well.

Last season, the 29–year-old Torrealba started at least 67 games in a season for the first time during his seven-year career, which has been spent mostly as a back-up.

He hit just .212 with two HR in 193 at-bats while away from Colorado’s hitter-friendly Coors Field.

i’m very confused…i am…it’s nothing against torrealba necessarily, it’s just he appears to be a career back-up, who put together some decent offensive stats mostly because he played in Coors, which is fine, i mean, good for him…but, how is that better than lo duca, or Ramon Castro for that matter…i can only assume there is something about yorvit that i don’t see, and so i have reached out to a few local writers and bloggers to help fill in the gap, assuming there is a gap…i hope to get these interviews up in the next day or so

Tags: Ramon Hernandez, Yorvit Torrealba, Paul Lo Duca
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