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:
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
"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.