Rockies look to Olivo to replace Torrealba

The Rockies are attempting to work out final details on a contract
with catcher Miguel Olivo.

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.

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