11/29/2010 5:24 PM ET
Rangers sign C Yorvit Torrealba to two-year contract
RHP Mark Lowe agrees to terms for 2010
Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba (pronounced yor-VEET tohr-EE-all-buh) to a two-year contract for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, per club policy.
Torrealba, 32, batted .271 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI in 95 games with San Diego this past season, serving as the primary catcher for a Padres club that led the National League West for much of the year and narrowly missed the postseason. San Diego went 53-36 (.596) in his 89 starts behind the plate, as Torrealba's franchise-record 3.14 catcher's ERA was the lowest in the majors since the Dodgers' Paul Lo Duca had a 2.73 figure in 2003 (minimum 81 games). He threw out 13 of 51 (25.5%) attempted base stealers, his best percentage since 2006 (16 of 47, 34.0%).
Torrealba has compiled a .257 average in 669 major league games with San Francisco (2001-05), Seattle (2005), Colorado (2006-09), and San Diego (2010). His teams have gone to the postseason four times (2002-03, 2007, 2009), including a pair of World Series appearances (2002 and 2007). He was on all three postseason rosters during the Giants' 2002 World Series run, but did not see action. He has batted .268 with 4 doubles, 2 homers, and 13 RBI in 17 career postseason games.
He has a .378 (45-119) average with runners in scoring position over the past two seasons, including a .316 (24-76) mark in 2010. Also in 2009-10, his teams have gone 89-61 (.593) in his starts and his 3.63 catcher's ERA in that span is third-lowest in the majors (minimum 1000.0 innings caught) behind only Yadier Molina (3.36) and Rob Johnson (3.54).
Torrealba posted a team-high 15-game hit streak from July 4-Aug. 2 last season. His .312 (48-154) home average in 2010 was the second-highest single-season figure ever by a Padre at Petco Park (minimum 100 AB).
With this signing, the Rangers now have 38 players on the club's 40-man roster.
LOWE AGREES TO 2011 CONTRACT: Texas also announced today that right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe has agreed to terms on a 2011 contract. While still under club control, he had been eligible for arbitration.
Lowe was injured at the time he was acquired from Seattle in the July 9 Cliff Lee trade, but made his Texas debut in the regular season's final week and pitched for the Rangers in the World Series. He had back surgery on June 15.