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Farnsworth and Valverde weren’t long-term options for pen

Veteran relievers Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth were always intended to be a bridge between Opening Day and promoting arms from Triple-A to round out the big-league bullpen, GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.

Valverde posted a 5.66 ERA over 20 2/3 innings for the Mets, while Farnsworth had a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings. They blew three saves, combined, for the Mets. Both players have been released by the Mets.

The Mets have the ninth-best ERA in the National League and 15th-best in the majors.

“And that’s with some huge numbers in there, from guys like John Lannan” and Valverde, Alderson said.

The team is one of the best in not allowing inherited runners to score, and are only led by Atlanta, Boston, San Diego and Cleveland.




17 comments
James D Kimberlin
James D Kimberlin

Who ever in their right thought Farnsworth or Valverde were long term solutions. BEST case scenario was that one or both would be effective and get traded for prospects later in the season. They were always stop gap solutions that did not pan out. They were here to keep the younger arms in Triple A for as long as possible.

wingo43
wingo43

When is the team going to be one of the best at "winning games."

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

With so many young arms in the minors,they opted for these washed up hasbins!

mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

If Farnsworthless and Chile Verde weren't legitimate bullpen options, WHY WAS THE TEAM COUNTING ON BOTH OF THEM AS CLOSERS?


It's statements like this that have the fans so jaded about the Mets' organization right now--the reasons and excuses they give are in complete contradiction to their actions and the evidence we see on the field.  Nobody in a management role on this team has any credibility at all anymore, because they say one thing and do the opposite, or justify mistakes by making up obvious lies.


The dishonesty and obvious disrespect for fans' intelligence is way worse than the team's W/L record.

hashburry
hashburry

Alderson takes no responsibility for the mess he has put together.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

I really hate this 'stopgap' nonsense. Valverde was anointed closer IMMEDIATELY after Parnell went down. Did anybody actually WATCH this guy pitch in Detroit? Farnsworth was a shade better but still long past his prime. Sandy's other choices have all been brutal (with the singular exception of LaTroy Hawkins). Small-market payrolls necessitate pinpoint talent evaluation. At this, Sandy has failed miserably. One more thing: Any 12 year-old watching yesterday's game knew that Valverde is only to be used in blowouts. And that Rice is genetically incapable of retiring a right-handed batter. It ain't rocket science people.

Edward Ayala Jr.
Edward Ayala Jr.

Really? You must've been the only one who thought they were.

jonlga
jonlga

They have no bullpen and haven't had one since Billy Wagner. They haven't been hitting at catcher, first, second, short, left field and center.

Why? Maybe because the team doesn't fill needs but tries to do everything on the cheap. And until they do open the pursestrings and get some real players they will be a last place team.

72tilltc
72tilltc

Was carrasco Lyons and Marcum long term options ?how about Francisco? hahahahhah is Terry?

nwmets
nwmets

They probably should have mentioned this to Farnsworth before they signed him, because he seemed surprised and angry at being released...

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I demand to know who wrote this post without giving any opinion on it. Sandy basically says he used players he knew he was going to dump...did the players know that? Does that make free agents want to come here in the future?

Also, the smoke being blown up fans behinds in the last two paragraphs is comical.

...and the insult to Lannan??? As a former classmate of his at Chaminade, I find that to be repulsive. Did Lannan pitch well, no, but don't call players out after they are no longer around.

That's it...get rid of this guy. He thinks he is so damn smart and insults players and the fans. This guy is unbelievable.

Sandy is a disgrace.

mike23
mike23

oh they weren't long term options, oh ok thanks sandy, couldn't figure that one out on my own. This team, wow, just pathetic. 

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

But TC is doing a terrific job and earned an extension...I can't wait for them to lose tonight and 6,000 fans in attendance tomorrow.