Torrealba, Rockies sign two-year deal with option

DENVER -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who flirted with leaving Colorado to join the New York Mets as a free agent earlier this month, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rockies with a mutual option for 2010, the team said Friday.

MLB.com reported the $7.25 million deal will pay Torrealba $2.75 million in 2008, $3.5 million in 2009
and a $500,000 signing bonus. The mutual option for 2010 would pay $4 million if exercised by both teams and includes a $500,000 buyout clause if the option is not honored.

In mid-November, Torrealba's agent said his client would accept a three-year, $14.4 million offer from the Mets. However, the Mets said the agreement was never finalized and cut off negotiations. The Mets later traded for veteran Johnny Estrada.

Torrealba batted .255 with eight homers and 47 RBIs in 113 games for the Rockies this season. He was roundly praised for a deft touch in expertly handling Colorado's young pitchers.

The Rockies are also reportedly bringing back relief pitcher Matt Herges for one season, pending the results of a physical.

Herges was 5-1 with a 2.96 ERA for the Rockies last season. He appeared in 35 games. Herges was originally offered a one-year deal for $2 million, according to The Denver Post. The paper said the deal will likely include an option year as well.