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.