Carlos Torres, a mainstay in the Mets’ bullpen since 2013, cleared waivers on Monday and elected to become a free agent.
Torres, 33, had agreed to a one-year, $1.05-million contract to avoid arbitration. But the righthander was designated for assignment by the Mets, who needed roster room after signing lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo to a two-year deal.
After failing to find a trade for Torres, the Mets placed him on outright waivers.
During his tenure with the Mets, Torres pitched in a variety of relief roles, posting a 3.59 ERA in 165 appearances that included 10 spot starts.
He averaged more than 80 innings per season despite pitching primarily in relief, a testament to his durability and versatility.
Mets add catching depth. The Mets added to their organizational catching depth on Monday when they signed Raywilly Gomez to a minor-league deal. He also received an invitation to spring training.
A native of New York City, the 26-year-old Gomez hit .291 with a homer and 20 RBIs in 73 games for Double-A Arkansas in the Angels’ system.