We’re a shade over a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting and the Yankees might not be done adding pieces to bring to camp. According to a report by Brendan Kuty, the Yankees are among 20 teams who have contacted right-handed reliever Carlos Torres after he elected free agency on Monday. He was designated for assignment by the Mets a few weeks ago to open a 40-man roster spot for Antonio Bastardo.
Torres, 33, was a late-blooming pro after scrapping starting and converting to a reliever in 2012. He was a useful piece of the Met bullpen for the last 3 seasons, soaking up innings, working in a variety of different middle relief roles, and posting some decent numbers. He posted a 4.68 ERA/3.53 FIP with a 19.8% K rate in 57.2 IP last season, his lowest IP total as a Met. His flexibility would be valuable to the Yankees, who have a wide open competition for middle relief spots behind their big 3. I don’t think they would experiment with Torres as a starter at this stage in his career. But as a multi-inning, middle-leverage reliever capable of getting a big out every now and then? Sure.
If nothing else, signing Torres would put an end to the tired “the Yankees haven’t signed a single Major League free agent this offseason” talking point that has crept into almost everybody’s narrative over the last few weeks. And in a large group of mostly unproven candidates, his track record would bring a little more sense of reliability to the middle relief competition. But the Yankees are so deep in unproven candidates and seemingly committed to using that depth as the way to build a bridge to the big 3 that I don’t think we’ll see them sign Torres. If there are 20 teams interested, one of them has to be more interested and more in need of Torres’ services than the Yanks. Continue reading Report: Yanks Have “Expressed Interest” In Carlos Torres