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Rockies Get Torrealba From Mariners

December 8, 2005

DALLAS (AP) _ Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was acquired by the Colorado Rockies from the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Marcos Carvajal.

The 27-year-old Torrealba hit .234 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 76 games with San Francisco and Seattle last season.

``One of the needs we had hoped to address this offseason was at catcher,″ Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said after Wednesday night’s trade. ``This deal adds depth and competition to our catching situation.″

To clear roster space, the Rockies designated catcher Miguel Ojeda for assignment. Colorado has 10 days to trade Ojeda, place him on release waivers or send him outright Ojeda to the minor leagues.

The 21-year-old Carvajal was 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 39 relief appearances last season, his first in the major leagues.

Colorado offered right-hander Byung-Hyun Kim salary arbitration but refused it to catcher Todd Greene and right-handers Dan Miceli and Jamey Wright.

Kim was 5-12 with a 4.86 ERA in 40 games (22 starts) for the Rockies this season. He allowed 42 earned runs in 84 innings at Coors Field _ a 4.50 ERA that was the fourth-lowest home ERA in franchise history for pitchers with at least 81 innings.

The Rockies can continue contract negotiations with Kim, who has until Dec. 19 to accept and can re-sign through Jan. 8. Greene, Miceli and Wright can’t re-sign with Colorado until May 1.

Wright was 8-16 with a 5.45 ERA over 34 games (27 starts) last season. Miceli was 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 19 appearances.

Greene spent the past two seasons in Colorado, hitting .271 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs over 113 games.

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