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Torrealba's grievance hearing scheduled

Torrealba's grievance hearing set

Yorvit Torrealba's pending grievance hearing against the Mets, on an issue stemming from 2007, is scheduled for Wednesday, SI.com reported on Monday.

Torrealba contends that the Mets falsely created the impression he was an injury risk, and with that, hurt his market when they backed out of a three-year, $14.4-million deal following a physical a couple of years ago.

But that may not stop New York from pursuing him.

Torrealba, who has spent his last four seasons with the Rockies, had his 2010 option declined. He and the Rockies have since been working on an extension, but The Denver Post reported recently that the two sides are $400,000 apart on a two-year deal.

If the Mets can't nab Bengie Molina, the free-agent catcher they are interested in the most, they could turn their attention to Torrealba, who is open to negotiating with New York.

The 31-year-old Torrealba hit .291 with two homers and 31 RBIs while appearing in 64 games for the Rockies this past season. Chris Iannetta played in 29 more regular-season games, but Torrealba started all four playoff games behind the plate.

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

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