SportsMets Mets trade for lefthanded reliever Alex Torres San Diego Padres pitcher Alex Torres delivers against the Mets in a game at Citi Field on Sunday, June 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke By CODY DERESPINA email@example.com @CDerespina March 30, 2015 1:05 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The Mets addressed one of their needs by trading for Padres lefthanded reliever Alex Torres, the team announced Monday afternoon. The Mets sent righthander Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later to San Diego in the deal. Torres, 27, has a 2.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 113 appearances during three seasons with the Rays and Padres. He had a 3.33 ERA for San Diego in 2014. He's been effective versus righthanded and lefthanded hitters during his career, holding righties to a .186 average and lefties to a .216 average. However, lefthanders batted .256 against him in 2014. Mazzoni was 7-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 14 games in the Mets' system last season. He pitched nine games at Triple-A Las Vegas but likely would have been squeezed out of the rotation by a number of promising prospects competing for starting spots this year. Mazzoni was on the Mets' 40-man roster, so Torres will take Mazzoni's spot. Lefthanders Dario Alvarez, Jack Leathersich and Sean Gilmartin, a Rule 5 pick, are also on the team's 40-man roster and have been competing for a spot in the Mets' bullpen. The role of a lefthanded specialist became a priority for the team after it was announced earlier this month that Josh Edgin would have Tommy John surgery. By CODY DERESPINA firstname.lastname@example.org @CDerespina Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.