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Carlos Torres opts out of contract with Braves

The reliever chose to opt out of his contract on Thursday, and becomes a free agent.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The list of candidates for the Atlanta Braves bullpen has lost another name, as right hander Carlos Torres elected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent on Thursday.

Torres came to the Braves for Spring Training with the hope of making the roster after clearing waivers with the New York Mets and choosing to become a free agent early last month.

The righty pitched in eight Grapefruit League games this spring, hurling nine innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, with five walks and six strikeouts. Part of the reason Atlanta picked him up was due to his success against the club throughout his career, with a 1.34 ERA in 40.1 IP.

His best season came with the Mets in 2014, as he posted an 8-6 record and 3.06 ERA in 97 IP (73 appearances).

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