The Mets have agreed to acquire left-hander Alex Torres from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. New York had been looking for southpaw relief help on the trade market in recent weeks, as a result of losing Josh Edgin to season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Torres, 27, has been a solid contributor in three major-league seasons, posting a lifetime 2.55 ERA in 113 appearances with the Rays (2011, 2013) and Padres (2014). He will likely pair with southpaw Sean Gilmartin in the Mets' bullpen, with Scott Rice and Jack Leathersich among other internal options the team could turn to.
The Mets have been linked to many names on the trade market over the last couple weeks, with Sam Freeman, Rex Brothers, Boone Logan, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Dana Eveland and Brian Matusz being among the most commonly mentioned names. Torres, who is under team control through the 2019 season, looks to be a solid get for a team that was seeming to be looking at the scrapheap in their efforts to replace Edgin.
Mazzoni, 25, was the Mets' second-round pick in the 2011 draft and was ranked by MLB.com as the organization's sixteenth best prospect. The righty has posted a career 4.11 ERA in parts of four minor-league seasons in the Mets' organization, and has been slowed by injuries throughout his career. Mazzoni is known for his above-average fastball and solid slider, and profiles as either a starter or setup-type reliever at the major-league level.