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Kyle Farnsworth released by the Mets

May 14, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have released reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The news is a bit shocking considering the Mets’ bullpen woes and that he had thus far compiled good results, sitting with a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings.

As ESPN’s Adam Rubin points out, however, Farnsworth signed an advance consent agreement with the Mets that enables them to pay him for 45 days instead of the full season, and Wednesday was the deadline. The Mets have called up Josh Edgin from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the vacant spot in the bullpen.

Farnsworth doesn’t sound too happy about the situation:

  1. zengreaser - May 14, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    You heard the man, Ruben. Get on it!

  2. philliesblow - May 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    His next MLB team will be his 10th. Getting close to Octavio Dotel territory.

  3. Old Gator - May 14, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    There’s that Wilpoon largesse about which Bud Light is so unconcerned these days…..

  4. aresachaela - May 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Another dumb move by the Mets this day!! 1st one was C Young copying Murphy’s steal at 2nd, haha!!

  5. chill1184 - May 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Old relief pitcher who had flashes of being decent but was mostly bad was released. OMG such a horrible move. (eye roll)

  6. straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Another classless bush league move by a third rate organization. Farnsworth number so far is more than serviceable and given that he was deemed their best reliever by the coaching staff as recently as yesterday (serving as their closer), it clearly shows this is just a team being cheap. I hope some other major league team give him a look. He’s still a solid reliever and a good mentor to have on a pitching staff. Sometimes it all works out for the best. Just ask Randy Wolf, who got picked up by the Marlins earlier today.

    • thebadguyswon - May 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM

      “Bush league, third-rate” blah, blah, blah.

      You’d think the Mets just cut food stamp benefits by reading your comment.

      The cut a mediocre reliever. It’s hardly newsworthy.

      • straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Yet you’re here reading not only the headline but the comment, which means you clearly consider this “newsworthy”.

      • thebadguyswon - May 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        LOL…ok Sigmund Freud. Im here because I find the site entertaining.

    • zxlaa - May 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      You must not remember him with the Yankees very well then to use the word “solid” in the same sentence with his name.

      Unhittable one day, a meatballer the next. That’s the Farnsworth I remember.

      • straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        I remember LaTroy Hawkins was worse than him on the Yankees and LaTroy is closing for the Rox as we speak. Your argument is invalid. A lot of NL pitchers can’t handle AL East. Also many relievers have 9 lives. Farnsworth has bounced back to an acceptable level since that time.

  7. crisisofinfinitephils - May 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    As a met fan, I also hope he pitches for a team that plays against the mets.

  8. mantastic54 - May 15, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I’m a little shocked they are keeping valverde over him. Hopefully valverde is on his way out too

    • estamalbob - May 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      The worst news about this move is that they’re replacing him with Josh Edgin.

  9. tbutler704 - May 15, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    The Mets have an enemy now.

    • stex52 - May 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Only one?

  10. quintjs - May 15, 2014 at 2:54 AM

    Because this move is totally not about their finances.

  11. jss1330 - May 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Somebody has to go once Bobby Bonilla comes off the DL

    • dougwhite659 - May 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Ouch…..

  12. tccoats - May 15, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    total cheapskate move….he’ll be picked up by this afternoon….too many teams need bullpen help (angels, i’m looking at you)

  13. gregbeau - May 15, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    After those rockets he gave up against the Yankees earlier this week I’m not surprised. Possibly the families of the married men playing in the Mets infield demanded him out of there for their own security.

  14. tsi431 - May 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    I don’t understand Farnsworth. He has a chance now to go to an actual contender of his own choosing.

    I am a Mets fan and I understand we are not a playoff team, so should he.

    But by acting like a child, he may not even get that chance now.

  15. thebadguyswon - May 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Farnsworth is an idiot.

  16. mzim2756 - May 15, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Mets have you a chance when nobody else did and guess what, you were not good, now the mets have decided to bring up their youngsters and they let you go, good riddance

  17. metrocritical - May 15, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Once upon a time, Farnsworth pitched for the Tigers and was considered to be miserable company. Maybe it was his personality that did him in as much as the money.

    • thebadguyswon - May 15, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Most likely played a role. His comments gave him away as a self-entitled moron.

  18. jgarcia050 - May 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    maybe farnsy should have pitched better…no one held a gun to his head when he signed his contract. Why should the mets keep him if he sucks when they could/should just let him go and save money on the process. the mets don’t owe Farnsworth anything.

  19. Wesley Clark - May 15, 2014 at 10:52 AM

  20. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    PA:

    “Now pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies – Kyle Farnsworth”

    watch. it will happen

  21. zxlaa - May 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    One of my least-favorite players on the Yankees between 1964-2014….period.

    This man perfected the art of throwing a fastball right down the pipe with an 0-2 count and watching it rocket towards the seats a split-second later.

    A cement head with a great right arm.

  22. eagles512 - May 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Anything would upgrade the phillies bullpen.

  23. stex52 - May 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I’m no Mets fan and I have no dog in this fight. But I looked up Farnsworth’s stats so far this year. The ERA isn’t bad, but all of the other numbers are pretty sucky. Both FIP and WHIP suggest the ERA may be due for a rise, also.

    Maybe he shouldn’t have gone for the 45-day deal. But I can’t fault the Mets for releasing him based on his performance to date.

  24. musketmaniac - May 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    His numbers in Pittsburgh last year were very good

  25. sdbunting - May 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    His best tool is fighting and we didn’t even get to see him level anyone. Boo.

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