Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 7/24/13
When we signed journey-man Carlos Torres to a deal in the off-season, I was somewhere between disappointment and apathy, honestly. I thought that he would serve no purpose on this team and that he was wasting space in a Triple-A rotation. I made comments akin to, “This is exactly the reason no other Triple-A affiliate wants to take the field for the Mets.” And yes, as he struggled to pitch in the PCL, I was perhaps his biggest critic. Of course, something weird happened along the way and Carlos Torres suddenly started throwing quality starts and complete games for Las Vegas — and that’s doubly impressive when you consider exactly how hitter friendly the PCL is. So I took back my venom and gave him his due for pitching his heart out, but even my colleague Matt Musico still couldn’t see a way for Carlos Torres to hit the MLB roster. However, it was built into his contract all along — his potential opt-out. It forced the Mets’ hand and he ended up with the MLB team as a bullpen arm. But then
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