A source has told Dan Martin of the New York Post that the Mets may very well bring back center fielder Andres Torres for another season.
A second straight brutal season at the plate likely means the Mets will non-tender Andres Torres, but the team has not ruled out the possibility of bringing back the center fielder, according to a source.
Despite hitting just .230 with a .664 OPS, Torres would be in line for a slight raise from the $2.7 million he made last season in arbitration. The Mets have no interest in paying that amount to Torres, who turns 35 in January, but could re-sign him for about half that.
I didn’t see that coming, but Martin says it’s a similar tactic the Mets will likely use with Mike Pelfrey after the right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in May. That is to go ahead and non-tender them, and then try to re-sign them for less.
While I don’t mind seeing Pelfrey back on a minors deal while he rehabs, I gotta yell you, I’d be mortified to see Torres back again. With Lucas Duda most likely taking over at left field, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis slated for a full-time role, where does Torres fit in?
As far as 4th and 5th outfielders we still have Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin. and yesterday Sandy Alderson hinted Scott Hairston might be re-signed. Plus, I thought we were bringing in a power hitting outfielder this offseason?
Even though I’m thrilled Jason Bay is gone, if we open next season with a combination of Torres, Duda, Hairston, Kirk and Spin, I think I’ll become violently ill.