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Mets add Kyle Farnsworth to the bullpen

Apr 1, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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Kyle Farnsworth had been slated to begin the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, but Bobby Parnell‘s elbow injury opened up a spot in the bullpen.

Jose Valverde is expected to take over as the Mets’ closer, but they’ve recalled Farnsworth from the minors to fill a setup role. And if/when Valverde struggles it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Farnsworth get a crack in the ninth inning just based on his veteran-ness and previous closing experience for the Rays (brief as it was).

Farnsworth is 38 years old and threw just 38 innings for the Rays and Pirates last season, posting a 4.70 ERA and 28/10 K/BB ratio.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Is it that late in the season already? Anyone have Frenchy’s cell?

  2. tcostant - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Jose Valverde pitched great yesterday, but he needs to tone it down a little. He came off the mound yesterday, like he just won the World Series when it was the 7th inning of the first game of the season…

  3. sawxalicious - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Mets = Island of Misfit Toys

  4. bigkurt6 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Anyone remember when he killed a red when he was on the cubs

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