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Mets find a lefty, acquire reliever Alex Torres from Padres

San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Pitcher Alex Torres #54 of the San Diego Padres throws against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning at AT&T Park on September 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 9-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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It’s no secret that the Mets have been looking for left-handed bullpen help all spring and they’ve found their man, acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later.

Torres came to San Diego last winter from Tampa Bay in the deal involving Jesse Hahn, Brad Boxberger, and Logan Forsythe (among others). He posted a 3.33 ERA in 70 appearances for the Padres in a limited role, logging a total of just 54 innings with a 51/33 K/BB ratio.

Torres has a 2.55 career ERA in 120 innings and has actually held righties (.186) to a lower batting average than lefties (.216), so if the Mets can live with his shaky control he could find himself in more of a true setup man role. He’s not a great fit as a true southpaw specialist. At age 27 he’s making the minimum salary and under team control through 2019.

Mazzoni was the Mets’ second-round draft pick in 2011 and split last season between Double-A and Triple-A, making 14 starts with a 4.68 ERA and 75/20 K/BB ratio in 77 innings as a 24-year-old.

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