Mar 20, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA ;New York Mets relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth (44) throws against the Atlanta Braves in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Farnsworth Opts Out of Contract, May Return on Minor League Deal


UPDATE, 3/24:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Kyle Farnsworth will re-sign with the Mets on Tuesday.

The Mets cut ties with Farnsworth in order to avoid paying him a $100,000 retention bonus, but will re-sign him so he can continue to work on getting his velocity up.

It’s still highly unlikely that Farnsworth will find himself on the major league roster when the Mets break camp.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

With very little chance of making the major league roster out of spring training, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth opted out of his contract with the Mets Saturday. However, he may return on a minor league deal. Writes Adam Rubin:

The sides are talking about Farnsworth remaining with the organization, presumably beginning the season in the minors and with an in-season contract out if he is not promoted by a specified date, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Farnsworth, 37, had been having a rough spring – undermined by poor performance and a lack of velocity.

In the majority of his appearances, Farnsworth relied heavily on his secondary offerings while his fastball sat between 85 and 88 miles per hour. In one of his recent appearances, his velocity ticked up to the low 90s, but he was unable to sustain that velocity during his second inning of work.

Thoughts:

As spring training went on and Farnsworth’s velocity remained low, it became apparent that he was on the outside looking in as far as a spot in the bullpen was concerned.

Farnsworth’s velocity has been trending downward over the last several seasons, but his average fastball was still 92.6 miles per hour in 2013.

If Farnsworth is able to regain his velocity, being able to call on him in Triple-A in case of injury or ineffectiveness to others would be a solid option.

 

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