Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins names Kyle Farnsworth new closer


Mets manager Terry Collins hinted after Saturday night’s game that Jose Valverde would be removed as closer, but didn’t say who would replace him. Prior to Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta, Collins finished his thought from Saturday night when he named Kyle Farnsworth the new closer.

Farnsworth, 38, has posted a 1.23 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 7.1 innings spanning eight appearances for the Mets thus far in 2014.

During spring training, Farnsworth was released and re-signed by the club.

Farnsworth then opened the year with Triple-A Las Vegas before being recalled when Bobby Parnell was injured.

Thoughts:

As more or less an emergency fill-in, Kyle Farnsworth is an acceptable option.

However, Farnsworth as closer for any length of time simply isn’t a tenable situation.

This is a pitcher who was DFA fodder just weeks ago. While his velocity has risen, he still is what he is at this point in his career: a flawed reliever who should not be losing games for any team in anything other than an emergency.

The problem the Mets currently have is that there isn’t an obvious option aside from Farnsworth.

If Farnsworth didn’t have the “veteran pedigree” that Terry Collins loves, it’s likely that the closer role would’ve gone to Gonzalez Germen or perhaps Carlos Torres.

For now, Farnsworth is the guy.

Still, if the Mets want to be taken seriously as a team that is actually trying to compete in 2014, they’ll find another closer option in the short-term.

 

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  • Not4Nutten

    The Mets should choose two young guys for the 7th and 8th inning and share the closer role with both Farnsworth and Valverde on a everyotherday basis. Neither guy should pitch 2 days in a row and if they do, they should sit that pitcher on day 3. They are old pros and should understand their role!

  • Not4Nutten

    Happy Easter Danny, Great Job!