Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

By Steven Inmanimages

The Mets have signed RHP Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Farnsworth, 37, split time between the Rays and the Pirates last season. Farnsworth went 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 38 innings in 2013. His last really strong year came in 2011 as the Rays closer but there isn’t much risk in this move for the Mets.

If Farnsworth is good in Spring Training then he will make the team and could be a nice veteran piece for the bullpen. If he is no good then the Mets can just cut without much cost. The Mets bullpen is incredibly young so having an older player like Farnsworth to compete for a spot could be very good for the Mets inexperienced arms.

This strategy seemed to work out well for the Mets last winter when they brought in LaTroy Hawkins on a minor-league deal to compete for a spot. Hawkins finished the year as the Mets closer.

The Mets have been looking for a closer type reliever and from what I can gather this signing doesn’t mean they are done looking for relief help.

2 Comments

Steve – SA amazes me. Like you said last year he signed Hawkins. When that happened I just shrugged my shoulders. I had remembered Hawkins as a Cub and couldn’t wait for them to bring him in hopefully to face Piazza but as we all know he worked out just great for the Mets in 2013. Farnsworth is to a similar gamble he threw high octane bullets also as a Cub but later on as a NYY their fans couldn’t wait to see him go. Mow he is a Met. I hope he works out and pitches vs. the NYY come the May 2014 4 game set. Mike

Mike- Farnsworth’s velocity has dipped the past few seasons but he can still be an effective middle reliever. With the lack of inexperience the Mets have in their pen this is a very solid move. Also doesn’t sound like they are done adding relievers so stay tuned….

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