Mets find a lefty, acquire reliever Alex Torres from Padres

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It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for left-handed bullpen help all spring and they’ve found their man, acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later.

Torres came to San Diego last winter from Tampa Bay in the deal involving Jesse Hahn, Brad Boxberger, and Logan Forsythe (among others). He posted a 3.33 ERA in 70 appearances for the Padres in a limited role, logging a total of just 54 innings with a 51/33 K/BB ratio.

Torres has a 2.55 career ERA in 120 innings and has actually held righties (.186) to a lower batting average than lefties (.216), so if the Mets can live with his shaky control he could find himself in more of a true setup man role. He’s not a great fit as a true southpaw specialist. At age 27 he’s making the minimum salary and under team control through 2019.

Mazzoni was the Mets’ second-round draft pick in 2011 and split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, making 14 starts with a 4.68 ERA and 75/20 K/BB ratio in 77 innings as a 24-year-old.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”