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Friday, May 16, 2008
Torrealba's agent files grievance over deal collapse

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Yorvit Torrealba has filed a grievance against the New York Mets over the collapse of a potential three-year, $14.4 million deal last November.

Melvin Roman, the agent for the Colorado Rockies catcher, said last winter that Torrealba had signed a term sheet on the deal, but that the Mets backed out over concerns about Torrealba's right shoulder.

The grievance, filed April 4, was first reported Friday by the Denver Post. It will settle on the income Torrealba lost when the alleged deal fell through and he returned to the Rockies for less money, according to the report.

Two days after Torrealba's agent said the catcher and the Mets had a preliminary agreement, the team said it had not reached a deal with him and that the team would not sign him.

New York's reversal led to speculation that a medical exam left the Mets with concerns about his throwing shoulder. Torrealba, who helped Colorado reach the World Series last year, missed nearly three months in 2006 with a strained right shoulder.

The Mets never publicly disclosed that Torrealba had failed a physical, according to the Post.

Torrealba instead re-signed with the Rockies, agreeing to a $7.25 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a $4 million mutual option for 2010 with a $500,000 buyout.

Torrealba and Roman acknowledged the grievance Thursday, but declined further comment, according to the Post.

Grievances of this type usually take several years to either proceed to a hearing or get settled for a percentage of the amount in dispute.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.