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Torrealba to play mentor to Rosario

Torrealba to play mentor to Rosario

SALT LAKE CITY -- Yorvit Torrealba, whose contract was purchased by the Rockies at the end of Spring Training, said he is ready to play the mentor role to second-year catcher Wilin Rosario.

Torrealba, 34, a starter until last season, when he bounced among the Rangers, Blue Jays and Brewers, said he brings, "Experience, I think. I know Wilin is going to play most of the time and I want to help him out as much as I can.

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"Hopefully his defense can be as good as his offense. I think he can do the job, but I will be there when they need me."

During his first tour with the Rockies, from 2006-09, at times the Rockies wanted to phase Chris Iannetta into the catching job. However, Torrealba beat back those challenges and was a leader of playoff teams in 2007 and 2009.

"We know who he is and knew exactly who he was when we brought him in," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He brings a lot of positive energy. He knows his role and how important it is for Wilin to develop."

The Rockies let go of veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez to keep Torrealba.

"Ramon is a great pro, too," Weiss said. "I had a lot of difficult meetings this week and that was a really tough one. He's a productive big league player. He's going to end up with another club and he'll help somebody. What Yorvit brings, and what he brought in the past here, was important for us."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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