The Mets officially announced the signing of reliever Antonio Bastardo to a two-year deal on Friday. In order to make room for the lefty on the 40-man roster, the club designated reliever Carlos Torres for assignment, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports.
Torres and the Mets avoided arbitration last week, agreeing to a $1.05 million salary for the 2016 season in the right-hander’s first year of eligibility. This past season, Torres posted a 4.68 ERA with a 48/18 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings. Those were the worst numbers in his three years as a Met.
The Mets should receive a few phone calls on Torres, as they have 10 days with which to trade him or release him.