UPDATE, 12-10-07 at 10:08pm: No more Torres drama…he’ll join the Brewers for the 2008 season.
UPDATE, 12-8-07 at 12:06pm: Seems this story isn’t over. Torres is contemplating retirement, in which case the Brewers would probably lose the two prospects for nothing. Torres will talk it over with his family and take a few days to decide.
FROM 12-7-07 at 2:16pm:
According to Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers have acquired reliever Salomon Torres for minor league relievers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts.
Torres turns 36 in March. He threw a monstrous 280 innings in relief over 2004-2006, so it’s no surprise his elbow started barking in 2007. His strikeout rate in ’07 was actually a career high, but his groundball rate decreased and he allowed a lot more home runs and hits than usual. Torres makes $3.2MM in ’08 and has a $3.75MM club option for ’09.
Haudricourt actually wrote the Brewers’ top ten prospect list for Baseball America, so believe him when he says Salas and Roberts are good arms.
Will the Pirates keep dealing? It’s known that relievers Damaso Marte and John Grabow are on the block.