According to multiple reports, the Cubs have signed Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract. The veteran catcher is at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa and there is not a timetable on when he will report to a minor league affiliate.
Yorvit Torrealba was signed for catching depth and it will take him some time before he is ready to play. Torrealba was in camp with the Angels this spring but did not sign with a team after he did not make the Angels’ roster.
The 35-year old backstop played in 61 games for the Rockies last season and hit .240/.295/.285 with eight doubles and a .580 OPS. Reports have not indicated where Yorvit Torrealba will report once he has shaken the rust off.
With Welington Castillo on the disabled list and just beginning baseball activities again, the Cubs have only two catchers in the system with big league experience, John Baker and Eli Whiteside. Rafael Lopez is having a good season and was just promoted to Iowa for his first taste of Triple-A baseball.
Over 13 big league seasons, Yorvit Torrealba owns a .256/.315/.379 slash line with 162 doubles and 56 home runs and has played with the Giants, Mariners, Rockies, Padres, Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers.