Torrealba loses grievance against Mets
Arbitrator rules New York had right to back from '07 free-agent deal
More than three years after nearly joining the Mets, current Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba's dispute with New York has been settled. Torrealba lost his grievance against the club on Thursday, when arbitrator Shyam Das ruled the Mets had the right not to complete a three-year, $14.4 million contract agreement in November 2007.
The deal was subject to a physical, the results of which raised concerns about Torrealba's right shoulder. An injury to that same throwing shoulder caused the veteran backstop to miss three months of the 2006 season while playing for the Rockies.
"The physical turned up an issue," Mets executive vice president and general counsel David Cohen told The Associated Press. "It's one of those situations where different people might have different views of the likely prognosis, but there was clearly an issue. And based on that issue, the team just felt it was not worth taking the medical risk."
After the deal with the Mets fell through, Torrealba re-signed with the Rockies for $7.25 million over two years. He filed the grievance against the Mets in April 2008.
Torrealba played 134 games for the Rockies from 2008-09, hitting a career-best .291 in 64 games in '09. He went on to sign a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Padres last February. After hitting .271 in 95 games for San Diego in 2010, he inked a two-year, $6.25 million pact to join the Rangers in November.
Torrealba's agent, Melvin Roman, told AP that he wanted to read Das' opinion before commenting on the results of the grievance.
Matt Weber is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.