This news from the camp of the Los Angeles Angels should surprise no one…
#Angels have granted unconditional release to C Yorvit Torrealba, 1B Carlos Pena and INF Chad Tracy. All had opt-out clauses today.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) March 23, 2014
So if any other teams are looking to add these three, here’s what you’re getting…
With Yorvit Torrealba, you would be getting a guy that’s pretty much either split time as a starter or been a team’s backup. Over his 13-year career, he’s played in more than 90 games only three times (’07, ’10, ’11). In 2012, Torrealba played for three different teams (Texas, Toronto, Milwaukee), but only played in a total of 64 games. Last season with the Colorado Rockies, he appeared in 61 games serving as the club’s backup to Wilin Rosario.
Carlos Pena was an All-Star in 2009 when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. For that season, he led the AL in home runs with 39 and posted a triple slash of .227/.356/.537. Since that season, his overall averages are .206/.335/.398 with 21 HR while playing in four organizations. Pena does own a Gold Glove (’08) and Silver Slugger (’07). The batting average far from spectacular, but he does still have a good eye (BB rate of 13.1% last season). With any player that has this much pop, you will usually have the whiffs, and Pena did that at a high rate in 2013 (SO rate 28.0%).
Since the first three seasons of his career, it seems that Chad Tracy hasn’t been that Chad Tracy. He even played the 2011 season over in Japan as a member of the Hiroshima Carp. He didn’t fare too well over there either. Over the past two years with the Washington Nationals, Tracy had been utilized mostly as a pinch-hitter. He experienced some success in that role for 2012, but not near that 2012 level last season.
With their releases, all three are free to explore options with other teams. So if you’re team needs a backup catcher or a left-handed power-hitting first baseman or a bench player that a couple of years ago provided a nice bat off the bench, then hit Twitter and implore your team to get one of these guys.