With both local NY baseball teams coming off victories last night, the move that was the New York Mets picking up a lefty needs a mention.

The New York Yankees spanked the Boston Red Sox by a final of 13-3 last night. The New York Mets used a four-run eighth inning to defeat the Miami Marlins 5-1.

This is why Sandy Alderson’s acquisition of lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty might fly a bit under the radar on this Wednesday morning.

Once Billy Beane and the A’s designated O’Flaherty for assignment, Alderson jumped all over it. The official transaction details include the dreaded “player to be named later” for the 30-year old.

Through just 21.1 innings in 2015, O’Flaherty has been less than stellar. He sports a lofty 5.91 ERA while striking out 15 batters. However, his ERA is 2.99 during his 10-year career that has seen him stop three times to different cities (A’s, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners).

Despite the bloated ERA in 2015, he’s limited lefties to just a .186 batting average.

The thinking here is to throw something against the wall and hope it sticks. Desperately needing a lefty specialist out of pen, you could do a lot worse than O’Flaherty.

Alex Torres became the 25-man roster casualty as he was promptly designated for assignment.

Note how fired up he was a few weeks ago after being pulled (video above). This is definitely something Mets fans can get on board with.

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