Rangers release catcher Yorvit Torrealba

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Yorvit Torrealba wasn’t long for Texas as soon as the Rangers traded for Geovany Soto and today the veteran catcher was placed on release waivers.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers tried to trade Torrealba and his $3.25 million contract, but couldn’t find any takers.

He’ll be outright released as soon as he clears waivers without being claimed, at which point it wouldn’t be surprising to see a contender snatch him up for the minimum salary as a backup.

Signed to a two-year, $6.25 million contract as a free agent in November of 2010, he hit .262 with a .305 on-base percentage and .382 slugging percentage in 162 games while throwing out 30 percent of steal attempts.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.