Torres will hit the open market after declining his outright assignment from the Brewers. Torres will look to latch on with another organization after struggling through a year in Milwaukee's bullpen. Although his final ERA was 4.21, the 35-year-old's FIP (4.93) was a better indicator of his season.
Torres cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday. Torres, who is set to turn 35 before the start of next season, is coming off a rough 2017 campaign during which he compiled an unremarkable 4.21 ERA and 56:33 K:BB across 72.2 innings. He's expected to refuse his outright assignment, making him a free agent. Wherever he ends up, he likely won't be more than a low-leverage bullpen piece in 2018.
Torres has a 4.31 ERA and 1.56 WHIP with 43 strikeouts across 54.1 innings. Torres was a reliable piece out of the bullpen in 2016, but has been prone to implosions throughout this season. The 34-year-old has given up three runs or more on four occasions in 2017, and is unlikely to see consistent high-leverage usage the rest of the way.
Torres has given up 16 runs (14 earned) on 26 hits across his last 18.1 innings of work. The veteran reliever allowed six home runs in that stretch, and continues to illustrate that his 2.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 82.1 innings last season was an aberration. Torres has been used in high-leverage situations regularly this year, but his 4.37 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 37 strikeouts across 45.1 innings suggest he is better suited for a lesser role.
Torres (3-4) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and was the pitcher of record when Milwaukee pulled ahead in the ninth frame of Thursday's win over St. Louis. Torres continues to benefit from his high-leverage role, but he probably doesn't deserve it or have the skill set to be pitching in one. He sports an underwhelming 4.58 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 6.9 K/9, and the veteran has also been tagged with four losses and three blown saves already this season.