Josh Edgin was on his way to New York from Triple-A Las Vegas, and is expected to take Farnsworth’s spot in the bullpen.
Apr 26, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcherKyle Farnsworth
(44) pitches during the tenth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Miami Marlins won 7-6 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Farnsworth, 38, had been struggling lately, and was recently removed from the closer role – one that he held by default.
Farnsworth was signed to a 45-day contract before the season, and the deadline for the Mets to extend him or cut him loose was approaching.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets will save roughly $750,000 by releasing Farnsworth on Wednesday.
After being released, Farnsworth described himself as “angry” and “very bitter,” and said that he would refuse an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas in an effort to join a team that plays against the Mets.
The Mets may have decided to release Farnsworth Wednesday due in part to his contractual status, but he had pitched himself off the team regardless.
In 19 appearances spanning 17 innings, Farnsworth posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP.
However, Farnsworth was much worse than his numbers indicate.
Before being removed as closer, he was getting hit hard with regularity but was bailed out on numerous occasions by the Mets defense.
Monday night in the Bronx, Farnsworth had a terrible inning against the Yankees in what looked like a blown save waiting to happen, but was saved by a remarkable game-ending double play that was started by Lucas Duda.