Carlos Torres clears waivers, chooses to leave Mets

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Right-hander Carlos Torres passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week and has opted to leave the Mets as a free agent.

Torres and the Mets avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.05 million deal just three weeks ago, but then their plans changed and in needing a 40-man roster spot they decided he was expendable.

Torres was a very productive member of the Mets’ bullpen from 2013-2015, logging a total of 241 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He’s certainly an MLB-caliber pitcher, but other teams may feel they can snag him for less than $1.05 million now that he’s on the open market.