Aug 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Torres (52) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Torres Expected To Make Bullpen

Aside from Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, and Scott Rice, there’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding who will be in the Mets bullpen come opening day. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, one pitcher who can breathe easy is Carlos Torres:

Right-hander Carlos Torres is out of options, meaning he would need to clear waivers to be sent to the minors. That process will not be taking place late in spring training, according to sources. The Mets are resolute in planning to have Torres break camp on the big-league roster in the bullpen. He also would be available for spot starting.

Torres, 31, posted a 3.44 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 86.1 innings pitched (including 9 starts) for the Mets in 2013.


It’s been written here that Carlos Torres is the pitcher who is most deserving of and makes the most sense for the long reliever role, so today’s news doesn’t come as a surprise.

Torres can be used in pretty much any situation and can step in to start if needed. Couple that with how productive he was in 2013 (a few poor starts aside) and you get a bullpen lock.


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  • RONBO19

    Danny, good job my man.No question Torres deserves to be on a major league roster some place.I don’t think he’s a part of the long range picture but based on his performance last season he is worthy of being assured a spot. Now, once the bullets start flying he will have to continue earning that spot but for now this is a good move.

  • Jorge Garcia

    I think Carlos Torres can be more useful to the Mets as a reliever; be it to step into the game in the 7th or 8th, or knock out two or three innings earlier in the game when needed. In looking at the overall stats people doesn’t seem to realize how well Torres pitched in relief last year. I took it upon myself to do the math on Torres, and turns out he went 36.2 IP for a 1.473 ERA and .873 WHIP as a reliever last season. Not only that, at City Field Torres pitched 18.2 innings for a minuscule .482 ERA, .696 WHIP. His road numbers as a reliever were almost as spectacular (2.50, 1.056).

    Granted, Torres fell victim to the long ball, specially in games he started (11 or his 15 HR’s allowed were as a starter) but most of those dingers (9) came in September when his arm was perhaps getting tired of the long baseball season. Let’s not forget he finished the campaign with 86.1 IP, often getting the call three or four times a week for multiple innings when called in relief. All in all Torres had 24 appearances as a reliever in 2013. Of those, 15 were for more than one inning, often pitching in back to back days or with only one day of rest in between. I say that’s horse work.

    In my view, Carlos Torres was one of the most dominant arms (in relief) in 2013, perhaps rivaling Royals’ Luke Hochevar’s awesome campaign last year. The Mets would be wise to take note of Torres’ ability to pitch in relief and use him accordingly this year. They have plenty of arms to utilize as starters for the upcoming season. I would certainly be thrilled to see Jenrry Mejia as the Mets 5th starter. All right, that would mean leaving Matsuzaka in long relief but, for the sake of unearthing a star, Mejia needs to be given one last chance as to start before turning the page and plugging him into the bullpen. If Mejia in the 5th spot doesn’t work out then the Mets can still had it over to Matsu, at least until Noah is ready. If Mejia doesn’t cut it as the 5th starter that would be another great arm New York will have for the middle innings to kick some behind along with Carlos Torres, or perhaps groom him as a closer for if Parnell gets injured. Mejia’s stuff is perfectly fit to close out games.

    • Victor Chu

      I agree, Jorge … Carlos Torres was great as a relief pitcher last year in all different capacities. I did not like that the Mets used him as a starter b/c (1) he was not that effective as a starter, and (2) the Mets took a valuable arm out of the pen. This year, there should be no need to spot start him, unless 2 or more of the top 7 potential starters (Wheeler, Gee, Colon, Niese, Mejia, Dice-K or Lannan) get hurt, before the arrival of Montero, Syndergaard and perhaps deGrom.