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That was no given considering the Mets' crowded bullpen, which projects to feature Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Bastardo and Jerry Blevins. Torres would have spent Spring Training competing against Jim Henderson, Hansel Robles, Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin and a host of others for a roster spot.
A staple of the Mets' bullpen over the past three seasons, Torres struggled last year with a 4.68 ERA in 59 appearances. The year prior, he threw a career-high 97 innings in 73 appearances. Torres owns a 4.26 career ERA over six seasons with the White Sox, Rockies and Mets, spending brief portions of his career as a starter.
ESPN reported that Asian professional teams have already expressed interest in signing Torres as a free agent.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.