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Braves sign Alex Torres to minor league deal

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The Mets acquired Torres just before the 2015 season started, but he finished the year in Triple-A.

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The Atlanta Braves have signed left-handed reliever Alex Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Torres was acquired by the Mets in a three-player trade just before the start of the 2015 season.

Torres had a 3.15 ERA with the Mets but walked 26 batters in 34.1 innings. In August, he was designated for assignment, and he finished the season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Torres is perhaps best known for the protective head gear he wears on the mound. Following the life-threatening injuries that Brandon McCarthy faced after being struck in the head by a line drive, Torres opted to begin wearing the isoBLOX protective hat introduced at the beginning of 2014.

Torres was not called back up to the Mets and opted for free agency following the season. If he makes it in the Braves' bullpen in 2016, perhaps they'll keep him around for the next few years.