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Torrealba could return to Giants

Torrealba could return to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba and the Giants maintain mutual interest in a one-year contract agreement, though the free agent might wait until after the weekend to make a deal with the Giants or any club.

According to a tweet from Diario Meridiano in Venezuela, Torrealba indicated that he soon will meet with the Giants. First, however, Torrealba wants to finish participating for Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League round-robin playoff. The Bravos could be eliminated as early as Sunday.

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Giants officials and Torrealba's agent, Melvin Roman, could not be reached for comment. One industry insider with knowledge of the club's functionings said that a Torrealba signing, if it indeed occurs, would not be immediate.

Earlier Wednesday, while officially announcing the signing of free-agent first baseman Aubrey Huff, Giants general manager Brian Sabean didn't rule out signing a catcher, though he said that he's content to wait for "somebody left without a place to go."

That description would fit Torrealba, 31. Though Buster Posey is widely considered to be on the brink of establishing himself in the Major Leagues, he has played only 132 games professionally and will be 23 come Opening Day. This offseason, the Giants have wavered between handing Posey the starting catcher's job and pursuing a veteran who could handle the position for one season while Posey gains more experience in Triple-A.

"At this time, we are prepared to go to Posey," Sabean said. "But we'll keep an open mind."

Torrealba rejected a two-year, $4.5 million offer from Colorado, his previous club, earlier this offseason. The Rockies also declined to pick up a $4 million option on his 2010 contract, which made him a free agent.

Torrealba was a capable backup for San Francisco from 2001-05, batting .251 in 220 games with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs before he and right-hander Jesse Foppert went to Seattle in the Randy Winn deal at the 2005 Trade Deadline. A .255 career hitter, Torrealba batted a career-high .291 in 64 games for Colorado last season, including .412 (14-for-34) against the Giants.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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