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.