In the 2011 offseason the Rangers signed Yorvit Torrealba to a 2 year contract for $6.25 million dollars to be an upgrade over Matt Treanor and Taylor Teagarden. For their $6.25 million, the Rangers received 0.9 fWAR and -1.3 bWAR over the almost two seasons he was on the team while he put up a slash line of .262 / .305 / .382 for a .687 OPS in 601 PA. Catcher defense is shrouded in mystery from a data perspective, but he wasn't strong enough to keep the Rangers from trading for another terrible hitting catcher to take his place at the trade deadline.
Torrealba joins Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes in the "That didn't work out as well as you'd have liked" free agent group of 2011 instead of being in the "That worked out quite well" group of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli.
Congratulations to Chris Hanes for having the lowest score* with his projection. Here is a spreadsheet with how everyone did.
*Score is the average number of standard deviations away from the actual 2012 value
|Top Five Projections|
|1. Chris Hanes||340||.255||.300||.355||1.98|
|2. Mark from OC||280||.260||.300||.380||2.14|
|Bottom Five Projections|
|144. I am Neftali Feliz||420||.282||.330||.420||5.06|
|145. Robert L. Bishop||462||.280||.342||.401||5.23|