Torres has a 1.98 ERA for the month of May after pitching 13.2 innings across 12 games. Torres has become one of the Brewers' most used relievers this season, having pitched 26.1 innings in 23 games. Torres has a 1.41 WHIP and an 8.54 K/9, so his numbers for the season aren't anything baffling, but he appears to be a versatile bullpen option. He's pitched anywhere from 0.1 to 2.0 innings and has three holds to go with two saves. However, there are reasons to question whether Torres's May performance is just a hot streak or his new norm, as his career ERA and WHIP are 4.17 and 1.36.
Torres owns a 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, and 8:6 K:BB ratio in 10 innings over eight appearances out of the Brewers' bullpen this season. Torres' numbers aren't pretty, and they were not helped by the four earned runs he gave up over his last four outings. He has a spot in the Brewers' bullpen for now, but that will be in jeopardy when fellow reliever Corey Knebel (oblique) is ready to return.
Torres signed a one-year, major league contract with the Brewers on Saturday. The Brewers bolstered their big league bullpen Saturday with the addition of Torres, who recently opted out of his deal with the Braves after being informed that he wouldn't be on their Opening Day roster. He has already been added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster and the Brewers transferred the injured Rymer Liriano on the 60-day DL.
Torres opted out of his contract with the Braves on Thursday and will become a free agent, David O'Brien of AJC.com reports. The 33-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over nine innings of work this spring but did not do enough to make the Braves' Opening Day roster, leading him to seek other opportunities in free agency. Torres has been a solid reliever for the Mets over the last three seasons, averaging a 3.59 ERA and 80.3 innings per season. He will now try to find work with another big league club.
Torres received an invitation to spring training Thursday. Torres signed a minor league contract with the Braves yesterday after becoming a free agent early this month, but it wasn't announced until today that he would receive an invitation to spring training. Torres' solid control and decent career strikeout rate should help him compete for a bullpen spot with Atlanta.