Padres’ Torrealba declines mutual option

As expected, Padres catcher Yorvit Torrealba declined his side of the mutual option with the team for 2011.

Torrealba receives a $500,000 buyout as he passes on what would have been a $3.5 million, presumably thinking that he can do better in free agency.

This, of course, is perfectly fine with the Padres, who would still like to have Torrealba return next season, though not for the $3.5 million he would have made.

The Padres could — and, I gather, likely will  — offer him arbitration so that they can at the very least get an additional Draft pick if Torrealba (a Type B free agent) signs elsewhere.

Last season, Torrealba hit .271 and threw out 37 percent of would-be base stealers. He was also very good in helping mentor catcher Nick Hundley.

Last season, Padres catchers hit a combined .260 with 14 home runs and 75 RBIs. The team would certainly love to get that kind of production again from the position in 2010.
 
– Corey Brock, Padres.com and on Twitter: FollowThePadres
 

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