Mets to call up Torres from Las Vegas, demote Burke, DFA McHugh

Carlos Torres 1 polaroidThe Mets purchased the contract of RHP Carlos Torres from Triple-A Las Vegas.

To make room on the active roster for Torres, the Mets sent Greg Burke to Triple-A Las Vegas.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated RHP Collin McHugh for assignment.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Torres had the ability to opt out of his contract this past Wednesday, and did so, according to Cotillo.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish said Torres has big league offers from both the Rockies and Giants, but the Mets decided to keep Torres after he opted out of his contract.

Torres is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 starts for Las Vegas this season – he is not on the 40-man roster.

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Michael Baron, Contributor

6:14 pm: Considering how good he’s been since he was recalled, demoting Burke is a tough pill to swallow. But, as I wrote earlier, the Mets already spent an option on him earlier this season, and with the lack of flexibility among the other candidates to be sent out, it was a simpler roster maneuver to make. I don’t think that means any of the other candidates are safe heading into Tuesday, but at least the Mets have the ability to bring Burke back at a later time.

As for McHugh, he has been solid at Triple-A, but hasn’t shown anything at all at the big league level. I’m surprised the Mets cut him – especially for a 30-year-old fringe player – but if he’s not going to be an effective piece for the Mets in the short term, then it’s logical to clear his spot for someone they think might help. I’d bet McHugh will clear waivers and return to Las Vegas, but he needs better stuff in order to be successful in the Major Leagues.

4:56 pm: The Mets can actually carry 26 players for their doubleheader on Tuesday, but there might be some significant changes made to the pitching staff by Wednesday. They obviously have to send someone down to add Torres and clear a 40-man roster spot now. The Mets will be adding Zack Wheeler to the roster in time for the second game of their doubleheader in Atlanta on Tuesday, but it’s also possible the Mets could activate Scott Atchison by then as well, meaning as many as three current pitchers could be sent out by Wednesday. Of course, Torres could be an alternative to calling up Atchison which would allow Atchison to accumulate some more rehab innings before coming back.

I would expect both Josh Edgin and Scott Rice are safe. The Mets will use a six-man rotation at least one time through starting next week, meaning Shaun Marcum, Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner will stay with the team as well. That leaves Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, David Aardsma and Greg Burke being subject to the roster purge. They could simply send Burke down, but the Mets would have to designate Lyon, Hawkins and Aardsma for assignment as they’re all out of options. Either way, based on what I outlined, three of Burke, Lyon, Hawkins and Aardsma have to go if they add Torres, Wheeler, and Atchison.