Rising Apple’s Year in Review series takes a look at centerfielder Andres Torres today. If you recall, the Mets traded Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez back in December, 2011. The trade will not be remembered favorably by Mets fans, as Torres had an awful 2012 campaign, and they are forced to watch Angel Pagan having a blast in the playoffs. Torres started 79 games in centerfield for the Mets in 2012, and spent some time on the disabled list with a calf injury. Let’s take a closer look as to why Torres had such a lack luster year in 2012.
How he handled the bat in 2012
The best word to use that will summarize how Torres performed offensively in 2012 is disappointment. Torres is a career .241 hitter but the Mets were probably hoping to get the Andres Torres of 2009 and 2010, where he hit around .270. Torres ended the year with a very unimpressive .230 batting average, and teetered in the low .200s for the majority of the season. He had more strikeouts (90), than hits (86) in 2012. That’s definitely not a recipe for success, and definitely not what the Mets had in mind when they traded for Torres last winter. There isn’t much more to say about Torres’ offensive performance in 2012. He isn’t known in baseball circles as an offensive juggernaut, so when a player like Torres is performing below what is expected, it is never a good thing.
How he handled the glove in 2012
Torres was easily the best defensive outfielder the Mets had in 2012. There aren’t many complaints about how he handled the glove. He ended the season with a .993 fielding percentage, which is nearly perfect. Torres has been known for his defensive abilities, which is one of the reasons why the Mets traded for him last winter. They were just hoping to get a little more offensive out of him.
Contract Status/Projected Role in 2013
Andres Torres will not be with the Mets in 2013. Andres Torres is a non-tender candidate moving into 2013. He will probably net close to $3MM for 2013, and the Mets will opt to spend what little money they have elsewhere. Look for Kirk Nieuwenhuis to take over in centerfield during 2013, unless the Mets make an off-season trade. Look for Andres Torres to sign with another team, and be utilized as a fourth outfielder (the Mets sure had a bunch of those in 2012).