UPDATE, 8:50 PM:
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Kyle Farnsworth will earn $1 million if he makes the big league roster. Farnsworth can earn an additional $1.5 million if he reaches all of his incentives.
The Mets announced today on Twitter that they signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league deal. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training.
Sep 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth (25) pitches during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates defeated the Reds 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, had a 4.70 ERA and 1.38 WHIP last season between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
Farnsworth still throws pretty hard – he averaged 92.6 MPH on his fastball last year, but doesn’t have near the velocity he featured during his prime.
This is a decent low-risk signing for the Mets.
At this point in his career, Farnsworth is best suited working in the middle innings. However, he’s still someone who should be able to handle a late inning spot from time to time, and is someone who has experience closing – meaning he could potentially step into the role in an emergency.
Presently, Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, and Carlos Torres are all near locks to break camp in the pen. Aside from those five, Jeurys Familia and Gonzalez Germen likely have a leg up on other on the bubble candidates such as Joel Carreno and Jeff Walters.
Now that Farnsworth is in the mix, someone like Germen may wind up on the outside looking in come opening day.
This signing will likely preclude the Mets from adding another reliever such as Fernando Rodney.