Report: Mets trade for Padres LHP Alex Torres

The New York Mets were in search of a left-handed arm out of the bullpen and Sandy Alderson looks to have found the ideal candidate. The Padres agreed on Monday to a trade that will see reliever Alex Torres move from the west coast to the east coast.

According to Ken Rostenthal of FOX Sports, the New York Mets have traded for left-handed relief pitcher Alex Torres. New York sent RHP prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later to San Diego in exchange for the veteran bullpen arm.

Mazzoni was drafted in the 2nd round (71st overall) by the New York Mets in 2011 and tallied a 5-1 record in nine appearances with the organization's Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas 51s.

Torres, 27, appeared in 70 games last season pitching to an ERA of 3.33 and 1.46 WHIP in 54 innings while registering seven holds and 51 strikeouts.

The Mets have been on an active search for left-handed bullpen help and Torres fits the bill nicely with a career 2.55 ERA; surrendering just a .209 batting average and a .275 on-base percentage to right-handed batters with left-handers hitting for a .256 batting average and .415 OBP against him.

The Amazin's bullpen is still a major question mark heading into the 2015 regular season opener, but the addition of Torres fills a major hole in the Mets relief staff.

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