Carlos Torres Rumors
LaTroy Hawkins notched his 100th career save over the weekend, and the right-hander sounds intent on returning to the Majors in 2014, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post. Hawkins, who has appeared in 941 Major League contests, has his sights set on 1,000 career appearances, according to Puma. Hawkins has appeared in 70 games this season, posting a 3.01 ERA with 7.2 K/9, 1.3 BB/9 and a 92.5 mph average on his fastball, so another 56 games doesn't seem outlandish at all. Here's more on the Mets to kick off your Monday morning...
- The Mets shut Zack Wheeler down for the season with shoulder stiffness over the weekend, but one person with direct knowledge of the situation told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that further testing won't be required unless Wheeler suddenly begins to experience more pain.
- There have yet to be any discussions between the Mets and manager Terry Collins regarding his contract situation beyond the season, but he's still expected to return, and Martino imagines a two-year deal is where they will land. Collins hasn't done enough to merit three seasons, he writes, and one year plus an option for 2015 would just lead to another season of speculation regarding his future status.
- Prior to Sunday's game, Martino spoke with Collins regarding Carlos Torres and asked if the right-hander had pitched well enough to be penciled into a 2014 roster spot. Collins replied with an unequivocal "Yes," according to Martino (video link).
SATURDAY, 4:00pm: The Mets will promote Carlos Torres rather than allow him to opt out and go elsewhere, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter). The move was first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (Twitter link).
THURSDAY, 12:43pm: Torres worked out a deal with the Mets where the right-hander will continue to start in Triple-A but can also contact other MLB clubs, MLBTR has learned. If he finds a 25-man roster spot somewhere, then the Mets have 48 hours to put him on their own active roster or he can declare free agency and sign with that other club. A couple of NL West teams already have some interest in the 30-year-old.
MONDAY, 10:58pm: The Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week could soon become a free agent. 30-year-old righty Carlos Torres, currently working out of the rotation of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, has the ability to opt out of his contract Wednesday, MLBTR has learned. Over his last four starts, Torres has allowed three earned runs in 32 innings. Overall he has a 3.89 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, and 0.88 HR/9 in a dozen starts this year.
Torres signed a minor league deal with the Mets in November, after tallying 53 innings out of Colorado's bullpen in 2012. A 15th round pick of the White Sox in 2004, Torres tossed 42 frames with the big club in 2009-10 before spending 2011 in Japan. As Matt Musico of MetsMinors.net wrote today, Torres has an unclear path to the bigs with the Mets, with top prospect Zack Wheeler soon to bump Jeremy Hefner or Dillon Gee to the bullpen.
The Mets announced that they agreed to sign right-hander Carlos Torres to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training. Torres, a veteran of three MLB seasons, hit free agency earlier in November.
Torres made 31 relief appearances for the Rockies in 2012, posting a 5.26 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 53 innings. The 30-year-old also appeared in 13 games with the White Sox from 2009-10.
Tonight's outright assignments..
- The Brewers announced via press release that they have outrighted first baseman Travis Ishikawa to Triple-A Nashville. Ishikawa, 29, hit .257/.329/.428 with four homers in 94 games last season.
- The Rockies announced (via Twitter) that they have outrighted right-hander Carlos Torres. In related moves, the club selected the contracts of right-hander Josh Sullivan, reinstated Todd Helton, Juan Nicasio, and Christian Friedrich from the 60-day DL. The right-hander appeared in 31 games for the Rockies this season posting a 5.26 ERA with 7.1 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9.
- The Orioles announced (via Twitter) that they have outrighted Lew Ford, Zach Phillips and Steven Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk. Ford turned in another strong Triple-A batting line in 2012, hitting .331/.390/.550 with 11 homers in 62 games.
- Mets catcher Mike Nickeas cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Las Vegas, tweets Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger. Nickeas saw time in 47 big league games for the Mets this season as one of several backstops to pitch in at the position.
- The Twins announced that right-hander Sam Deduno has been assigned outright to Triple-A Rochester. The move will help make room for the acquisitions of Thomas Field, Josh Roenicke, and Alexi Casilla off of waivers.
- The Royals sent catcher Manny Pina to Triple-A Omaha on outright assignment, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. In related moves, left-hander Danny Duffy and right-hander Felipe Paulino have been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. Pina, 25, hit .260/.389/.397 in 162 Double-A plate appearances last year.
Here's the latest from around the majors...
- Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers thought Vladimir Guerrero performed well in his tryout with the team but will have to consult with team management before deciding whether to offer Guerrero a contract, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Towers speculated that Guerrero's only possible role with the club could be as a DH during interleague games, a role that Wily Mo Pena filled for the Snakes last season.
- The Brewers may check in with Derrek Lee in regards to their hole at first base, GM Doug Melvin told reporters (including Scott Miller of CBS Sports) earlier this week. Lee said he didn't plan to officially retire despite a lack of interest this offseason, though he seemed to be holding out for "a perfect situation." The Pirates, Lee's last team, would receive a compensatory draft pick if Lee were to sign a Major League deal, though it's likely that Lee would only be offered a minor league contract, if anything, by the Brewers or another club.
- Torii Hunter tells Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he would consider returning to the Twins next season if he doesn't re-sign with the Angels. Given that Hunter's stated goal is to play for a contender in 2013, it's hard to see him returning to Minnesota unless he gets no other offers (and, of course, presuming that the Twins would be interested).
- Carl Crawford has been moved to the 60-day DL to create a 40-man roster spot for the called-up Aaron Cook, the Red Sox announced tonight. In a corresponding move, Jose Iglesias was sent down to create space for Cook on the 25-man roster.
- Right-hander Carlos Torres has been called up by the Rockies and filled the last spot on their 40-man roster, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Jhoulys Chacin has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding move that opens a spot for Torres on the 25-man roster. Torres last pitched in the majors in 2010 as a member of the White Sox.
- Major League Baseball and the NCAA are in talks regarding increased partnership between the two entities, such as MLB providing funding for scholarships, reports Bryan Fischer of CBS Sports.
- White Sox starter John Danks told reporters (including MLB.com's Scott Merkin) that he isn't feeling any additional pressure from his offseason contract extension. After allowing six earned runs in seven innings against Cleveland tonight, Danks' ERA stands at 6.51 through six starts.
The Rockies have signed right-hander Carlos Torres to a minor league contract, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes has learned.
Torres, who spent 2011 with the Yomiuri Giants organization of NPB, last appeared in the Major Leagues with the White Sox in 2010. The 29-year-old has logged 42 innings in his big league career, fanning 7.5 batters per nine innings but struggling with his control at 5.93 BB/9.