Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres expected to be in Opening Day bullpen

Mets reliever Carlos Torres will be on the Opening Day roster, because he’s out of options, according to sources (ESPN NY, Mar 4).

Torres, 31, was 4-6 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 33 appearances for the Mets in 2013.

He is scheduled to pitch in Wednesday’s split-squad game at Tradition Field against the Marlins.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This was expected, which is why I included him in my bullpen projection earlier this week. As I said then, Torres, Bobby Parnell, Vic Black and Scott Rice seem like locks for the bullpen. The rest of camp will determine who joins them. But, at his early stage, I’d only bet on Jose Valverde and Jenrry Mejia. The last spot will likely come down to Jeurys Familia and a second left-handed reliever, figure Josh Edgin or Jack Leathersich.

By the way, Ruben Tejada and Eric Young Jr. are other players in camp that are out of options.




18 comments
mike23
mike23

If healthy there is no reason Mejia should not be the number 5 starter for this team. He's young and still has to prove that he belongs but to put Dice K or Lannon there over Mejia makes little sense. You have to at least start the year giving Mejia the chance to prove he is worthy. If that means losing Dice K or Lannon than so be it. 

tk2120
tk2120

you all know Dice-K is gonna make the team (although i'd prefer Lannan, because i hate only having one lefty)..niese, colon, wheeler, gee, 5........dice-k, lannan, or mejia can all be decent 5's...i really dont get the obsession with mejia as some super star...i don't want him in the bullpen, but him, along with degrom, syndergaard, and probably lannan should start in Vegas...parnell, black, rice, leathersich, torres, valverde, and prob familia looks like a decent bullpen to me (unless you want to keep familia in Vegas as a starter,  then go with reid or farnsworth....i actually like all of the mets pitching options..


kinda wish we found a pic of Torres in a Mets uniform though.....lazy, matt.

cver
cver

Mejia in the BULLPEN????!!!!  Only the Mets!  Are they kidding?  This is WRONG!

Phil Bellino
Phil Bellino

Hes a solid pitcher they don't want to lose.  Injuries do happen.  I don't see the problem with this.

Jay Timmerman
Jay Timmerman

I thought the Mejia to the bullpen attempt was finally over with

11gilkey
11gilkey

Ryan Reid is a righty.  That's just pathetic Cerrone. 

11gilkey
11gilkey

Why is Vic Black a sure thing?  Ever since he got to the Mets everyone just considers this guy to be some great established reliever despite pitching all of 17 innings in the bigs.  And he walked 3 guys in one inning yesterday. To me he is the equivalent of Familia.  Good stuff.  Lots of talent but unproven.  Cerrone acts like this guy has been pitching in the bigs for 5 years with a proven track record.  

Adam Menson
Adam Menson

Can we get a picture of Carlos as a Met?  

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

I like how Matt tries to make it look like he's adding to the story with his "by the way" comment, but he's just gives more info from the ESPN orginal story.

Chris
Chris

Ryan Reid bats lefty, but he's a right-handed reliever.

1harris1
1harris1

Is Ryan Reid a lefty? I've never seen him pitch, but he's listed as a right hander everywhere I've seen.


Please no Kyle Farnsworth.

Chris
Chris

Sure hope you're wrong about Mejia.

nolrog
nolrog

Not because he's the best pitcher, not because he gives them the best chance to win, but because he's out of options.  Yay Mets.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

To me, it's ridiculous to think of Jenrry Mejia going to the bullpen. Haven't we been through this before? If he doesn't make the starting rotation, send him to Las Vegas for more experience and innings.

nncyel
nncyel

@nolrog  Teams make that kind of move all the time - not just the Mets. When the player is out of options, another team will pick the player up. Had a good year last year, is a very solid long relief man. Why the cynicism?

Chris
Chris

Financials have played too heavy a role in too many of the Mets decisions, even relatively minor ones, in recent years. But Torres in the bullpen is easily the right baseball decision, options or not.

nolrog
nolrog

>>> Had a good year last year, is a very solid long relief man. Why the cynicism?

Then he deserves to make the team based on performance.

My cynicism is because of the statement he will make the team because he is out of options.  While that may be a consideration, the deciding factor should be who gives you the best chance to win, not who you could possibly lose to a waiver claim.