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02/03/10 11:35 AM EST

Padres near deal with catcher Torrealba

Veteran backstop has spent most of his career in NL West

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' roster construction continues as Spring Training approaches. The newest addition appears to be free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who is close to being signed to a one-year contract, a source said on Wednesday.

The Padres were hopeful that they could sign a veteran catcher to spell Nick Hundley on occasion. They acquired Dusty Ryan from Detroit in December and were prepared to go to Spring Training with him as the backup.

But in Torrealba, they will get a veteran who has appeared in 574 Major League games over a nine-year career and someone who knows the National League West Division well.

Torrealba, 31, is a career .255 hitter who hit .291 in 64 games last season with Colorado. He spent the past four seasons with the Rockies and his first four seasons with the Giants, beginning in 2001. He split 2005 between San Francisco and Seattle.

His best season was 2007, when he hit .255 with a career-high 101 hits, eight home runs and 47 RBIs for the Rockies.

San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer has had a busy past few weeks. Last month he acquired outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham from Oakland, signed utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. and starting pitcher Jon Garland as free agents and added veteran hitter Matt Stairs on a Minor League contract.

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