The Tigers announced that right-hander Carlos Torres has elected free agency in lieu of an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo. The club designated designated Torres on Saturday.
The 36-year-old Torres lasted less than a month with the Tigers, who signed him to a minor league deal May 26 and then added him to their major league roster June 9. Torres threw six innings with Detroit, giving up five earned runs on nine hits (two home runs) with one walk against eight strikeouts. It was the first big league action since Torres tossed 9 2/3 frames with the Nationals a season ago.
While Torres will now try to catch on with somebody else, it’s a safe bet he’ll have to settle for another minor league pact. Also a former White Sox, Rockie, Met and Brewer, Torres racked up extensive MLB experience as recently as 2017, though he has been almost a full-time minors arm since then. Overall, Torres has pitched to a 4.09 ERA/4.23 FIP with 7.94 K/9, 3.41 BB/9 and a 44.3 percent groundball rate in 506 2/3 innings in the majors.