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Sandy Alderson explains the Alex Torres and Jerry Blevins trades

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The general manager went on SNY to talk about why he acquired two left-handed pitchers on Monday.

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If you haven't heard yet , Sandy Alderson and the Mets front office spent Monday wheeling and dealing. The team traded minor league right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later to San Diego for left-handed reliever Alex Torres. Just hours later, Matt den Dekker was dealt to Washington for a second lefty in Jerry Blevins.

While on Sunday the Mets were dealing with a shortage of left-handed relief, today they might have too much. Alderson appeared on SNY early Monday evening to explain the reasoning behind the moves.

These two guys present a little different profile for us. On one hand we have Blevins who is left on left and we think Alex Torres is a guy who can go longer. One of the things we were concerned about is having two lefties in the pen both of whom are left on left it puts a lot of pressure on the other five.

Torres wasn't terrific for the Padres in 2014. He threw for a 3.33 ERA and 3.72 FIP with 8.50 strikeouts per nine and an appalling 5.50 walks per nine. The Mets are hoping Torres will return to his 2013 form. In that season, he walked around three batters per nine innings while pitching to a 1.71 ERA for Tampa Bay.

While in 2013 Torres was almost equally tough against left-handed and right-handed batters, last year he features a reverse split and was more effective in his 30 innings against right-handers than in his 24 innings against left-handers. In fact, 25 of Torres's 33 walks in 2014 were against same-handed hitters.

Blevins had a 4.87 ERA for Washington last year, but his FIP was 2.77 due to a very low strand rate. Although in his career he's been only slightly better against lefties than righties, last year saw Blevins perform much better against the left-handers. In 32.1 innings against him, lefties hit just .153/.202/.217 while striking out 40 times and walking six times.

Those kinds of figures are what Alderson is talking about when he says that Blevins is "left on left." Torres will likely be used much more against righties, while Blevins will be the number one LOOGY in the bullpen at the outset of the season.