(moved from diaries. --eric)
The Mets' negotiations with Yorvit Torrealba collapsed on Saturday and the free-agent catcher will not be headed to Shea for next season after all.
The two sides already had agreed on a three-year contract worth $14.4-million and it appeared that the only remaining holdup to an official announcement was a physical. But a person familiar with the situation said Saturday that the Torrealba deal was dead and the team confirmed it.
"The Mets did not reach an agreement with Yorvit Torrealba," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said, "and there are no current negotiations.
WTF? What do we do now?
UPDATE [6:53pm by Eric]: My off-the-cuff and totally unconfirmed theory is that the Mets made it clear to Torrealba fairly late in the game that he wouldn't strictly be the starting catcher and that he would be expected to split time with Ramon Castro. Despite the Mets offering more money and years than anyone else, Torrealba got cold feat at the last minute, preferring to be the de facto starting catcher elsewhere for less guaranteed money or years.