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Torrealba is still on the radar screen

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And for reasons I can't fathom.

According to an industry source, the Marlins' top catching target is free agent Yorvit Torrealba. Their bid to land him will begin in earnest Tuesday, when teams can negotiate with all free agents.

During this week's general managers' meetings, which concluded Thursday, the Marlins told teams they'll attempt to trade arbitration-eligible Miguel Olivo or non-tender him before the Dec. 12 deadline.

If Torrealba, who spent the past two seasons with the Rockies, becomes a Marlin he'll be one of their highest-paid players. The Rockies already have offered Torrealba a two-year, $6 million deal.

And the Marlins feel the need to enter a bidding war for this?!

Torrealba, 29, played in a career-high 113 games for the National League champion Rockies and set personal bests for homers (eight) and RBI (47) while hitting .255 with a pedestrian .655 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Those spikes in his offensive numbers likely were the product of Coors Field, where he batted .296 in 58 games compared to .212 in 53 road contests. He is a .211 lifetime hitter (4 for 19) at Dolphin Stadium.

Forget Torrealba and let Treanor catch.  Then bring up one of the young guys to serve as backup and if the organization doesn't want to start the clock on Baker, then let Hoover do it.  He is good enough and it is possible that he may even surprise us if he is given extended time in the majors.

For a minimum of $3 million a year, Torrealba should never, ever, wear teal.