The Mets have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Alex Torres from the Padres. in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later. The trade comes as the left-handed pitchers competing for a bullpen spot in major league camp have underwhelmed.
The 26-year-old Torres is coming off a season in which he pitched 54 innings with a 3.33 ERA and a 3.72 FIP. His 2013 season was better than 2014, as he had a 1.71 ERA and 2.32 FIP over a comparable number of innings. It should be noted that while he is left-handed, Torres has had good success against righties. Right-handed batters have hit .186/.281/.259 over the course of his career, while left-handed batters have hit .216/.335/.270.
Cory Mazzoni was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2011 draft. As a starting pitcher, he has steadily climbed through the minor league ladder and was added to the 40-man roster this offseason. However, he has battled injuries in recent seasons and was projected to eventually get to the majors as a reliever.