Kyle Farnsworth opted out and became a free agent on Sunday. The team announced that he opted out of his contract after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster.
March 24, 10:00 a.m.: According to one report, Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets and open the season in the minors (ESPN, March 24), but his agent said that he is yet to re-sign and no deal is in place (Cotillo 1, 2, March 24).
March 23, 5:30 pm: The Mets did not want to pay Farnsworth a $100,000 retention bonus to send him to the minors, though they are interested in bringing back as a free agent, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Sunday. Of course, Farnsworth will first look to sign with a different team with whom he may have a better chance of pitching in the big leagues this season.
The Mets signed Farnsworth, 37, to a minor-league deal this past off season.
He had a 5.63 ERA in seven appearances this spring, during which he allowed 10 hits and walked four batters.
Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Jose Valverde, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice and John Lannan are expected to be the team’s Opening Day bullpen.