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Giants eyeing Torrealba

SAN FRANCISCO — Preparing for the possibility that they won’t re-sign Bengie Molina, the Giants have contacted the representative for Yorvit Torrealba, another free-agent catcher.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said last Monday that the Giants wouldn’t offer Molina, their regular catcher for the previous three seasons, more than a one-year contract, given 22-year-old Buster Posey’s impending readiness for the Major Leagues. Sabean also reiterated his belief that at least one other team will offer Molina the multiyear contract he seeks.

Conceivably, if the Giants signed Torrealba, their backup catcher from 2001-05, he would handle the bulk of the playing time until Posey developed sufficiently.

Melvin Roman, Torrealba’s agent, confirmed the Giants’ interest. “They called and asked about him,” Roman said Monday. “But as of right now I have no other comment.”

Torrealba rejected a two-year, $4.5 million offer from Colorado earlier this offseason. The Rockies also declined to pick up a $4 million option on his 2010 contract, which made him a free agent. Torrealba is a “Type B” free agent, so though the Rockies would receive a “sandwich” draft pick if another team signed him, the signing team wouldn’t lose one of its selections.

– Chris Haft

Why not Yorvit?

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants can’t re-sign Bengie Molina, they ought to consider bringing back Yorvit Torrealba, who caught for them from 2001-05 before being sent to Seattle in the Randy Winn trade.

Torrealba was a capable backup for the Giants and has remained an effective performer with Colorado for the past four seasons.

Torrealba’s 31, but he’s far from physically eroded. He has played more than 100 games only once in his eight Major League seasons. He hit only two home runs in 213 at-bats last season with Colorado, but he batted .291 and recorded a .351 on-base percentage, north of Molina’s corresponding figures of .265 and .285.

Moreover, Torrealba’s likely to be affordable. He rejected a two-year, $4.5 million offer from Colorado. The Rockies also declined to pick up a $4 million option on Torrealba’s 2010 contract, which made him a free agent. Torrealba is a “Type B” free agent, so though the Rockies would receive a “sandwich” draft pick if another team signed him, the signing team wouldn’t lose one of its selections.

– Chris Haft  

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Right now, it’s easy to call Giants best in West

LOS ANGELES — Many of you won’t believe me, but I’m not being a homer.

The National League West standings tell the story of the season, and there’s no arguing with them. But right now, at this particular juncture, the Giants just might be the division’s best club.

The Giants remain flawed, of course, which says a lot about the quality of the NL in general. But forget about that stuff, and consider:

San Francisco beat Colorado in the season series, 10-8. The Rockies wish they never had to face Tim Lincecum or Barry Zito. Ubaldo Jimenez has Lincecumesque stuff, but he frequently looks less than invincible against the Giants. San Francisco also has a better bullpen than Colorado’s, especially with Huston Street sidelined.

The Dodgers’ starting rotation is in shambles. It was shocking to watch Chad Billingsley pitch in relief Friday. Remember, he was a National League All-Star this year. Billingsley and Matt Cain frequently are compared to each other, and Cain endured his own demotion to the bullpen … three years ago, long before HE became an All-Star. Who would be the Dodgers’ ace in their playoff pitching rotation? Clayton Kershaw, who’s still working his way back from an injury to his non-throwing shoulder? The Dodgers have a strong lineup, but they won’t win with that kind of pitching.

If 30 or 40 games remained in the regular season, the Giants would be in great shape. That’s not the case, so whatever happens, they’ll get what they deserve. But right now — and a significant member of the Dodgers personnel affirmed this to me Friday — the Giants are the division’s scariest club.

– Chris Haft

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