The Mets designated reliever Carlos Torres for assignment last week after they added Antonio Bastardo to their bullpen on a two-year, $12 million contract. While Torres had a mediocre 4.68 ERA over 59 appearances last season, he posted a 3.06 ERA and 96/38 K/BB ratio over 97 innings in 2014. Most expected that the Mets would be able to find a trade for him.
The Twins reportedly had interest, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that Torres has been placed on waivers after the Mets were unable to find a trade.
The 33-year-old Torres is only due to make a $1.05 million salary in 2016, so someone will almost certainly claim him in hopes of a rebound. The results weren’t quite there last year, but his average fastball velocity was the highest of his career and he managed to cut down on his walks while increasing his ground ball rate.