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Rockies look to Olivo to replace Torrealba
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Olivo became the focus of the Rockies off-season efforts after they reached a stalemate in negotiations to re-sign Yorvit Torrealba.
The Rockies are committed to giving Chris Iannetta a full chance to become the everyday catcher. They signed Iannetta to a three-year deal this off-season. They are looking for a proven veteran to backup Iannetta. Torrealba has had that role the last three seasons.
The Rockies offered Torrealba a two-year, $4.5 million deal before he became a free agent. They had increased that offer to $5.6 million earlier this month, but Torrealba was holding at a $6 million proposal, and the Rockies declined to make any more concessions.
That's when they turned to Olivo, who is a strong-armed receiver with home run potential. He led Kansas City with 23 home runs last season, and has hit 67 the last fours years, which were split between Florida and Kansas City.