Relievers Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, who the Mets recently signed to minor league deals, both have late-March opt-out clauses in their contracts.
Sep 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth (25) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, can ask for his release and become a free agent on March 23rd if he hasn’t yet been added to the major league roster.
Valverde, who turns 36 in March, has the same opt-out clause as Farnsworth, but will have to wait until March 26th to exercise it.
If Farnsworth and Valverde both show during spring training that they’re healthy and their stuff is there, it’s likely that they’ll both break camp with the team.
However, both of them have something to prove – Valverde especially.
After a run of six highly successful seasons, Valverde was a mess last year for Detroit before being released in August.
Farnsworth had a combined 4.70 ERA last year over 38.1 innings pitched for Tampa Bay (who released him on August 9th) and Pittsburgh.
Both Valverde and Farnsworth have seen their fastball velocity dip dramatically over the last few seasons, and both should have to prove that they can be effective with less before being added to the roster.