Kyle Farnsworth

Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

The Mets have signed RHP Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invite to Major League spring training, the team announced.

Farnsworth, 37, will earn $1.5 million if he makes the club in 2014, and can earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives (Heyman).

He had a 4.70 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 38 1/3 innings last year. He has 54 career saves, including a season-high 25 with the Rays in 2011.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets have been looking this winter for a veteran reliever who has the ability to be a closer. Farnsworth has questions about his health, but he can help fill a big void in the Mets bullpen if he can stay healthy through Spring Training. He doesn’t throw as hard as he once did, but he has incorporated a cutter in recent years to help off-set his diminished stuff. His walk rate was up last year, but he’s had mostly better command in recent seasons than he did earlier in his career. He also keeps the ball in the ballpark, something that is always valuable late in games.

138 comments
John Rose
John Rose

Why do the Mets keep signing these washed up cast off's? It's an insult to the N.Y. Mets fans.

Robert Irizarry
Robert Irizarry

Ohhh stop the presses. Mets are the beasts' of the east now. Come on guys either do it or just do what u do best. Play second fiddle to all others. Mets in '16.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Would rather have had Hawkins at the 2.5 he signed for. 

personman
personman

I like the idea of signing a guy like Farnsworth.  I just don't like Farnsworth.


Reminds me of Guillermo Mota.  Yuck.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Jeez Marlon Byrd starts hitting and all of a sudden everyone is getting a look.

Anthony Fowler
Anthony Fowler

good signing gave up nothing and its a minor league deal

Joseph Baffi
Joseph Baffi

another throw it against wall and hope it sticks players


Mike Dupp
Mike Dupp

Cool.....always liked Farnsworth

sickntired
sickntired

Another important piece to building a championship team. Please sell the team!!!

Billy Mac
Billy Mac

It's a minor league contract, not anything big.

eric88
eric88

We just won the eastern division, not.

Lon Samuelson
Lon Samuelson

Kyle Farnsworth has a reputation of being one of the all time best fighters. Mets are lacking in that dept.

howard_stn
howard_stn

Michael Baron will support anything the Mets do regardless of how insignificant, questionable or pointless it is.  There is only one question we need answered- how much does Sandy & JP really want to win?

Jason A. Miller
Jason A. Miller

In other Mets transactions news, Pete Falcone and Don Aase also just got invites to spring training, and they are expected to have more velocity than many of the guys currently in camp...

mustang66
mustang66

no body on this site is seeing the hidden genius of Sandy Alderson. The pitchers he has signed of late are there to make our batters look much better than they are. He wants to pump up their confidence by hitting against has been or never were competition

mystere24
mystere24

I was looking over the list this morning and didn't pick out Farnsworth but he's worth a shot. No reason to spend big on the bullpen unless it's below market value or a final piece of the puzzle. Another interesting signing would be Andrew Bailey, who won't be ready until the second half of the season.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Hard for me to admit it, but a "low risk/high reward" signing.  I like it.  Farnsworth can potentially be that veteran that they need in the pen.

mike23
mike23

so mets went the cheap route again, not surprising. 

Francesco Monastra
Francesco Monastra

Mets don't need to sign Rodney, our pen is already deep

only thing i think they need to do now for the pen is bring in another lefty on a minor league deal

Navin Singh
Navin Singh

Y not just sign k-rod and sign Johann Santana to a one year deal test him out and let him hold the fifth slot in the rotation

jlmulls2
jlmulls2

Minor league deal; typical for this time of year. Spring Training will tell. (Need a big league shortstop now)...

Kyle Decker
Kyle Decker

My mom's a Yankee fan and I was living at home some of the time Farnsworth was on the team and I can still hear her yelling "Not Farnsworth!" as he'd come out of the pen.


None-the-less, it's a minor league deal so it's no biggie for me.

MannyCortes66
MannyCortes66

@SNYtv if he can hold up he might be valuable in the 8th... He doesn't give up the long ball often.

Joseph Curci
Joseph Curci

Not for nothing, but those signings usually blow up in our faces. (K-Rod, Frankie, Lyon, Putz, shall I go on?) We actually do better with signings like Hawkins and Atchison!

Joseph Curci
Joseph Curci

Jeez, we could sign Mike Trout and it would piss people off.

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

I'd rather have signed K-Rod to that kinda deal, but I guess this can't hurt..


How are they gonna find enough innings/ABs in ST to decide which guys to keep, though? Doubleheaders every day?

Mark Chatterton
Mark Chatterton

I think that will help out the bullpen but will he make the team.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Baron, you forgot the most important fact in your analysis...it's a minor league deal so there's literally no risk.

Matthew Sklaroff
Matthew Sklaroff

I don't want him in that bullpen come April 1, what a joke!

ericloz
ericloz

@Lon Samuelson That talent will come in very handy when they play the Philadelphia Flyers or Carolina Hurricanes.

mike23
mike23

@Francesco Monastra  they are also very unproven and Parnell is coming off an injury/surgery. Most clubs would have found a need to improve and bring in more experienced/proven arms but the mets are trying to sell their young arms, obviously they just can't/wont spend for proven results. 

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@Kyle Decker  

Yankees trash is Mets treasure. See Granderson. My Yankee fan brother would yell "Another Strikeout" when he came to the plate.

Sammy Makki
Sammy Makki

You're right. He'll blow the game on March 31 and be cut so you won't see him on April 1.