BOSTON -- Jose De La Torre, a 27-year-old right-handed reliever whom the Red Sox traded for and then re-signed as a Minor League free agent in 2012, has decided he will play in the World Baseball Classic for his native Puerto Rico, his agent Burton Rocks said Saturday.
De La Torre's desire to play was previously known, but no decision was final until Friday, as he deliberated what would be best: heading to the Classic or attempting to win a spot in a crowded Major League bullpen and staying in Sox camp as long as they would have him. The Red Sox brought De La Torre to Major League camp as a non-roster invitee this season. He's averaged better than a strikeout per inning in six Minor League campaigns.
De La Torre is the fourth Red Sox player to commit to the Classic, after Shane Victorino (USA), Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands) and Alfredo Aceves (Mexico).
De La Torre had a 2.45 ERA in 12 outings at Triple-A Pawtucket after the Red Sox sent outfielder Brent Lillibridge to the Indians for him a week before the Trade Deadline. Lifetime, De La Torre has a 2.49 ERA at Triple-A and 2.59 ERA at Double-A in just less than 100 innings at each level.