The San Francisco Giants have signed veteran reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal. The 36 year old San Jose State University alum was first drafted by the White Sox in the 15th round in the 2004 MLB Amateur draft and spent 2 years in Chicago. He was released and then spent the majority of his career with the New York Mets going 17-18 in 165 games for the Mets including 10 starts. The right hander had a 3.59 ERA with New York with 219 strikeouts in 241 innings pitched totaling just 73 walks.
Torres signed with the Padres at the start of the season but was released 4 months later and picked up by the Tigers where he spent 1 month before signed with the Twins. Torres spent 1 month with the Twins before getting released as well. He joins the Giants club who dealt away 4 relievers at the trade deadline including veterans Drew Pomeranz, Sam Dyson and Mark Melancon.
Over his career opponents are hitting .255 off him while he manages a 3.85 ERA striking out 368 of 1793 batters faced. He will join the Giants AAA affiliate Sacramento Rivercats and was 5-2 in 28 games in the minor this year with 42 strikeouts in 48.1 innings and a 2.79 ERA with the Toledo Mudhens, Rochester Red Wings and El Paso Chihuahuas combined.