Free agent right-hander Carlos Torres is talking to several teams, per a report from SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Torres elected free agency in November and has yet to land another major league gig this offseason. No interested parties have been identified so far, though there appear to be plenty of potential landing spots for the reliever as a number of teams are still looking to bolster their bullpen ahead of the 2018 season.
Torres, 35, closed out 16 games for the Brewers in 2017 and produced a 4.21 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over 72 2/3 total innings in relief. As Cotillo points out, his main appeal lies in his consistency and remarkable durability. His 72+ innings were good for 10th-most among relievers in the National League last year, and he hasn’t sustained a serious injury since a left calf strain sidelined him for two weeks in 2015 (to that point, he’s never officially served time on the disabled list in eight seasons in the majors).
While Torres may not have the lights-out stuff that, say, the Astros and Dodgers are seeking this winter, that shouldn’t stand in the way of his next stint in the majors. He can still offer teams a relatively affordable veteran depth piece with enough proven experience to make a difference on the big league level.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.