The Mets might consider bringing back Andres Torres this winter, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.
“Torres would be in line for a slight raise from the $2.7 million he made last season in arbitration. The Mets have no interest in paying that amount to Torres, who turns 35 in January, but could re-sign him for about half that,” Martin explains.
Michael Baron, ContributorI would expect the Mets to non-tender Torres this winter, and if they are interested in retaining him, they could consider signing him to a smaller deal, such as the one Martin lays out. He would probably be due a raise through arbitration – as a rule, a player cannot earn less than 80 percent of his salary through the arbitration process. And, even at that number, Torres is probably over-valued.
If the Mets decide to bring Torres back, by no means can he be depended on as a primary player. He is mostly a singles hitter at this point (as are many of the current Mets) and his offense was basically non-existent from the left side this past season. He is still a solid defensive player, and so if he is brought back as a secondary outfielder (the role he belonged in last season) and used in ways that plays to his strengths, that along with his veteran presence could provide value for the team.
Previous updates on Andres Torres...
Contract: Torres signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract to avoid arbitration last January after being acquired from the Giants along with Ramon Ramirez in exchange for Angel Pagan.
Stats: Torres, who turns 35 in January, hit .230 with three home runs and 35 RBI in 434 plate appearances over 132 games in 2012.