Player News - Braves

Date: Team: Pos:

Braves signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres was designated for assignment by the Mets in a surprise late-January move and subsequently elected to become a free agent. There was interest from the Asian market, but the 33-year-old right-hander opted for a Braves team that should allow him a semi-clear path to an Opening Day bullpen gig. Torres was excellent with the Mets in 2014 before struggling in 2015. He's a decent bet for a bounceback in 2016.
Feb 10 - 7:58 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent reliever Carlos Torres is weighing interest from three teams.

Torres drew a lot of interest from teams in Asia, but he plans to stay in MLB. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but he has been a useful pitcher in the past and makes sense as a potential bounceback target. The Yankees are among the teams who have reportedly expressed interest.
Feb 9 - 1:44 PM

Brandon Kuty of NJ.com reports that the Yankees are among 20 teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Carlos Torres.

Torres passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Mets last month. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but his average fastball velocity was higher than ever before and he was an important piece in the Mets' bullpen in 2014. There's a chance he'll have to settle for a minor league deal, but it's worth noting that he has also drawn interest from teams in Asia.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 3 - 3:04 PM

Braves signed C/INF Blake Lalli to a minor league contract.

Lalli, 32, hit .260/.319/.337 with three homers at Triple-A with the Diamondbacks last season. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013.
Feb 2 - 4:20 PM

Carlos Torres has elected to become a free agent.

Torres was placed on waivers by the Mets last week and passed through unclaimed. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suspects that he might now take his talents to Asia rather than settling for a minor league deal. Torres, 33, posted an ugly 4.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings of relief last year for the Mets. He registered a cool 3.06 ERA across 97 innings for New York in 2014.
Feb 1 - 1:24 PM

Michael Foltynewicz (ribs) just began a long-tossing program last week and does not expect to be fully ready for the start of spring training.

Which means he likely won't be an option for the Braves at the beginning of the 2016 regular season. Foltynewicz had a rib removed from the right side of his rib cage in late September to alleviate a buildup of blood cots. A lengthy period of inactivity followed that procedure, and he told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is down 20 pounds (not in a good way). The hard-throwing right-hander posted a rough 5.71 ERA in 15 starts and three relief appearances last season for the Braves and his foreseeable future isn't all that bright.
Feb 1 - 12:31 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jace Peterson played through most of the 2015 season with an 80 percent tear of the tendon in his right thumb.

Peterson was forced to wear a cast on the thumb for six weeks this offseason to correct the issue. It's impressive that he was able to play through the injury and it certainly bodes well for his offensive outlook moving forward. He slashed .240/.315/.341 with six homers, 52 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 2015, and you have to imagine he'll improve on those numbers with full health heading into 2016.
Jan 30 - 2:26 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets have placed Carlos Torres on waivers.

They were reportedly talking to multiple teams about a trade but were unable to make anything happen. Torres will undoubtedly be claimed off waivers, and his new team will be responsible for his $1.05 million salary.
Jan 29 - 5:54 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears multiple teams are in trade talks with the Mets regarding Carlos Torres.

Torres was designated for assignment last week, a bit of a surprise despite holding a 4.68 ERA in relief this past season. The 33-year-old will likely land in a spot where he'll be used in middle relief in the majors this season.
Jan 28 - 6:35 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that the Twins "might have some interest" in Carlos Torres.

The Mets designated Torres for assignment last Friday, but it's not a surprise to hear he's drawing some trade interest. The right-hander has been a useful reliever the last three seasons in New York, posting a 3.59 ERA and 219/73 K/BB ratio over 241 innings while often going multiple frames in an appearance.
Jan 25 - 4:17 PM

Mets designated RHP Carlos Torres for assignment.

The two sides avoided arbitration last week by agreeing to a one-year pact, but with the addition of Antonio Bastardo, Torres became the odd-man out. As he's likely to be claimed on waivers, the Mets could soon try to work out a trade for the right-hander rather than letting him walk for nothing.
Jan 22 - 6:29 PM

Freddie Freeman (wrist) took 30 dry swings and 25 swings off a tee on Tuesday and didn't experience any pain.

It's the second time this offseason that Freeman has swung a bat, with the first time coming on December 31 -- 11 days after he received another cortisone shot in his ailing left wrist. Obviously it's good news that Freeman is pain-free now, but that the wrist was still aching two months into the offseason isn't an encouraging sign. His upside is very high, but Freeman will be a risky fantasy investment in drafts this spring.
Jan 22 - 10:43 AM

Braves and RHP Arodys Vizcaino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $897,500 contract.

It's a modest but notable raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Vizcaino posted a 1.60 ERA and served as the Braves' closer down the stretch last season. He could return to the role in 2016.
Jan 15 - 1:44 PM

Mets and RHP Carlos Torres avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

Torres has been a valuable piece for the Mets the last three years, holding a 3.59 ERA while often going multiple innings at a time. He'll return to the same role in 2016.
Jan 15 - 12:54 PM

Braves and RHP Chris Withrow avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $610,000 contract.

Withrow was acquired from the Dodgers last May in a big six-player swap. He missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery, but the hard-throwing right-hander should carry a clean bill of health into 2016 and could become a prominent late-inning guy in Atlanta before the summer is through. Withrow, 26, owns a 2.73 ERA, 1.089 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts in 56 career major league innings.
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