Padres Acquire Mazzoni, PTBNL; Trade Torres
It’s a fairly quiet move, but one worth noting nonetheless. The San Diego Padres have acquired minor league pitcher Cory Mazzoni and a player-to-be-named-later (PTBNL) from the New York Mets in exchange for reliever Álex Torres.
Torres, a 27-year old southpaw who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays last offseason in exchange for Brad Boxberger and Logan Forsythe, appeared in 70 games for the Padres last season, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.33 ERA over 54 IP. Torres finished out 12 of those 70 games, collecting 51 strikeouts and giving up only 20 earned runs over that span.
The trade of Torres frees up space on the team’s 25-man roster while also giving some additional pitching depth to the Padres minor league organization. Torres carried a lifetime 7-4 record with a 2.55 ERA and 122 strikeouts since breaking into the majors with Tampa Bay in 2011.
Mazzoni, a 25-year old minor leaguer, appeared in almost every level of minor league play last season, appearing in 14 games at the Rookie, A-Advanced, AA, and AAA levels for the New York Mets. Over that span of 14 games in 2014, Mazzoni posted a 4.68 ERA and a 7-2 record – where he appeared in all 14 games as a starter.
Mazzoni saw most of his success at the AAA level with the Pacific Coast League Las Vegas 51’s, posting a 5-1 record and 4.67 ERA for the season. Mazzoni appears to be a successful strikeout pitcher, having collected 49 K’s in 52.0 IP with the 51’s last season, while also only walking 12.
Presumably, Mizzoni will head to the Padres minor league camp and could start the season with the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas. The move serves a valid purpose for the Padres who were looking for more consistency out of the bullpen, and with the departure of Torres it is likely that Southpaw relievers Frank Garces or Chris Rearick will get the opportunity to set up for the team out of the bullpen in 2015.
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