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Rays release Kyle Farnsworth

Aug 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Tampa Bay released Kyle Farnsworth after designating the veteran reliever for assignment last week, ending a two-and-a-half season run in which he threw 114 innings with a 3.54 ERA and 95/33 K/BB ratio for the Rays.

Those are very good numbers, but most of that good work came in 2011 and this year Farnsworth had a 5.76 ERA in 30 innings for the Rays after re-signing for a modest $1.25 million.

He’s lost about one mile per hour off his fastball in each of the past two seasons, averaging a career-low 92.5 mph this year, and at age 37 it’s tough to see Farnsworth being more than a middle reliever even if he can latch on with another team.

  1. theskinsman - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    He’s still better than Joba.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I might be better than Joba right now. I would at least have the element of surprise on my side, and it might just mess with hitters’ timing to have 53mph “fastballs” pumped in there over and over.

      • theskinsman - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        At least you don’t feed the gopher like Joba does.I’m willing to bet you don’t pull your cap down almost to your neck like he does,either. Call Cashman, you can’t be worse!

  2. Detroit Michael - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    He’s still better than Jose Valverde.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    He’s still better than the Phillies Bullpen.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      (I’m being facetious)

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