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.
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
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.
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.
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.