Interest intensifying for Kyle Farnsworth – Mets still looking for relievers

Kyle Farnsworth 1 polaroidInterest in RHP Kyle Farnsworth is intensifying now that Rafael Soriano signed with the Nationals, and Farnsworth has narrowed his choices from six teams to three, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal notes the Rays, Tigers, Blue Jays, Mariners, Marlins and Mets are all still looking for late inning relief help.

Jan. 16, 3:30 pm: The Rays are “definitely in the mix” for Farnsworth, who is expected to make a decision in the next few days (Topkin, TB Times).

Michael Baron, Contributor

Jan. 15, 9:35 pm: Farnsworth has had a roller-coaster career, and now he is coming off an injury-shortened season with the Rays after struggling with an elbow problem in the first half of the season. He had a big year with the Rays in 2011, notching 25 saves, while walking just 12 in 51 innings with a 2.18 ERA. He’s a hard thrower with devastating sinker at times. But, while in some years he has dominated, he has also struggled to miss bats and throw quality strikes. He’s older now, and I question whether he can withstand a long season.

Statistics and information on Kyle Farnsworth...

Stats: In 34 relief appearances with the Rays in 2012, Farnsworth went 1-6 with a 4.00 ERA, allowing 22 hits, 14 walks and 25 strikeouts in 27 innings.

Contract: Farnsworth, 36, earned $3.3 million with the Rays in 2012.