The New York Mets have made another move to add to their bullpen. The club has acquired left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later, per reports.
O’Flaherty was designated for assignment last week to make room for newly-acquired right-hander Aaron Brooks. In his second season with the Athletics, the veteran lefty tossed a bloated 5.91 ERA across only 21.1 innings of relief along with issuing 12 free passes. He is still owed $1.86 million through the season’s end, and the Athletics appear to be picking up a portion of the tab to make the trade work. He will be joining former Athletics teammate Tyler Clippard in the Mets’ bullpen. The Mets are hoping for him to rebound and return to form as the dominant lefty who held a 1.99 ERA during his time with the Atlanta Braves in 2009-2013.
To make room for O’Flaherty, the Mets have designated lefty Alex Torres for assignment. Acquired this past spring from the San Diego Padres to be one of the top left-handed options out the bullpen for the Mets, Torres has not lived up to expectations. Although he has posted a 3.15 ERA and struck out 35 in 34.1 innings of relief, he has also walked an alarming 26 batters and is struggling against same-handed hitters, as opposing lefties are hitting .268/.406/.393 against him this year. It remains to be seen whether he will be claimed by another team looking for some left-handed depth in their bullpen. If he goes unclaimed, he will remain with the Mets and be optioned to Triple-A to work on his command issues.