The Padres have signed right-hander Carlos Torres to a minor league contract, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The deal includes an invitation to the Padres’ big league Spring Training camp.
Torres, 36, posted a 6.52 ERA over just 9 2/3 innings out of the Nationals’ bullpen in 2018, his lowest innings total in any of his nine Major League seasons. It was a far cry from Torres’ usual workhorse performances of recent years, which included an average of 68 appearances and 77 innings per season from 2014-17 with the Mets and Brewers.
Torres’ walk rate and strikeout rate both took negative turns in 2017, however, and he was only able to land a minors deal from Washington last offseason. (The Nats picked Torres up after he was released from another minor league contract with the Indians during Spring Training.) Torres did have some good Triple-A numbers last year, however, so there’s some reason to believe that he could bounce back in 2019. At worst, he’ll provide some additional veteran depth in what should still be a strong Padres bullpen next season.