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Kyle Farnsworth to re-sign with the Mets

Mar 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Over the weekend the Mets released Kyle Farnsworth from his minor-league contract, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the veteran reliever will re-sign with the Mets on another minor-league deal.

So why release him only to bring him right back? Because by doing so the Mets will be able to avoid paying him a $100,000 “retention” bonus that was part of the original contract.

Basically they told Farnsworth it wasn’t worth paying an extra $100,000 to keep him around, but they’d still like to keep him around if he let them do so without that money being involved. And, the options for a 37-year-old reliever being what they are in late March, he agreed.

  1. thefugitivekind - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    The Mets are also saving aluminum foil, newspapers, shopping bags and bits of string. Executive office closet space will be scarce this year.

    • sdelmonte - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Please. They don’t buy newspapers. They use the free online subscription for the Times they get as an advertiser, and just share the password with the whole office. Saves them $15 a month.

    • nymets4ever - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Uhh…there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the minor, money-saving measure the Mets took here.

      • thefugitivekind - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Never said there was anything wrong with it. The Mets have been less than forthcoming about their problematic financial state. That’s their privilege, but then it’s my privilege to make fun of them if I want.

  2. xdj511 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    The Mets are going to take the $100K they saved and just… blow it all on hats.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Tsk, Tsk. Kyle obviously did not call Ruben first.

  4. nymets05 - Mar 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Perhaps they can reach out to Madoff for some advice on how to invest this sudden windfall.

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