Rockies backing away from Yorvit Torrealba over $400,000?

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Reports last week had the Rockies offering Yorvit Torrealba a two-year, $5.6 million deal to re-sign while the veteran catcher asked for a total of $6 million. At the time I commented that “only $400,000 stands in the way of a seemingly inevitable agreement,” but the two sides look increasingly unlikely to bridge that relatively small gap.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that “the Rockies are close to closing the door on Torrealba” and general manager Dan O’Dowd indicated that the team may instead turn its attention to fellow free agent catcher Miguel Olivo.
It always seemed odd to me that the Rockies were willing to spend that much on a backup catcher given the $8.3 million deal they just gave to Chris Iannetta, so perhaps O’Dowd realized that the team has more pressing needs to address and can save some money by going after Olivo or a similar veteran backup over the familiar but ultimately mediocre Torrealba. Or maybe they just really need the $400,000.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.