Carlos Torres Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency

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Reliever Carlos Torres has cleared waivers and has elected free agency rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets tried and failed to trade Torres before being placed on waivers Friday. He was due to earn $1.05 million in 2016.

And so ends the Mets journey of Carlos Torres…  <sniff, sniff> Fare thee well….

January 28

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mets are in trade talks with multiple clubs about dealing right-hander Carlos Torres.

Adam Rubin added that though the Mets have entertained trading Torres, there has not been any significant progress toward a deal and that he’ll likely end up clearing waivers.

Torres was designated for assignment after the Mets acquired Antonio Bastardo. In three seasons with the Mets, he has posted a 3.59 ERA over 165 appearances.

January 22

The Antonio Bastardo deal became official today, which meant someone on the 40-man roster had to go. As a result, Carlos Torres has been designated for assignment, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

Torres, 33, has spent three seasons in a Mets uniform, posting a 3.59 ERA over 165 appearances, including ten starts. He had solid seasons in both 2013 and 2014, but saw his ERA balloon to 4.68 this past season and eventually fell out of regular use. He settled before arbitration recently for $1.05 million. If the Mets are unable to trade him within a week, Torres will be placed on waivers.

Rubin also reports that infielder Danny Muno has been invited to big league camp next month. Muno is a second baseman, shortstop, and third baseman who played 17 games with the Mets this season, hitting three singles and a double in 27 at-bats while walking four times.

Muno was drafted by the Mets in the eighth round in 2011 but has been suspended for PED usage, severely hurting his status as a prospect. He does, however, have pretty solid overall numbers. In 200 career games with Las Vegas, Muno has hit .267/.368/.397 with 17 home runs, 27 doubles, two triples, and 15 stolen bases.

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