Braves sign Alex Torres and Kyle Kendrick to minor league deal


The Braves have made adding arms a priority this winter. Recent additions of Kyle Kendrick and Alex Torres will provide the team with additional depth and potential trade deadline pieces.

Kendrick had a largely forgettable season with the Rockies last season compiling a 6.32 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 142 1/3 innings giving up a league leading 33 home runs in the process.

While the Braves will not ticket Kendrick for the rotation to start the season it is almost certain that he will make a few starts for the team in 2016.

The other signing, Torres, offers the Braves some bullpen depth. Torres spent last season with the Mets after coming over in a trade from the Padres. Of course Torres is probably best know by many as the pitcher who has worn the protective cap in lieu of the traditional one.

Torres is a left hander but has typically pitched better against right handed batters. He had a 3.15 ERA in 34 1/3 innings for the Mets last season before being sent outright to Triple-A in August.

If Torres is going to last in the Braves bullpen he will have to lower his walks, he allowed 26 last season to 35 strike outs.

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