Reliever Carlos Torres‘ time as a New York Met appears to be over. The 33-year-old elected free agency after clearing waivers today.
Over three seasons, Torres pitched 241 innings for the Mets in 165 games. He made 10 starts and 155 relief appearances. During his first two seasons as a Met, Torres was an above-average pitcher.
Last year, despite posting the lowest Fielding Independent Pitching of his MLB career, Torres struggled and allowed more hits per nine innings and had a higher WHIP than he had in any of his seasons with the Mets.
In one sense, it’s a good sign for the depth of the Mets’ bullpen that there is no room for a serviceable arm like Torres.
But it also kinda stinks — Torres spent 9 years in the minors before he finally got his shot to be a major league regular with the Mets… and you could make a pretty good case that the Mets’ infield defense and their heavy use of Torres in 2014 contributed to his poor year in 2015.
Best of luck to Carlos Torres, wherever he winds up… at least when he’s not pitching against the Mets.