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The Astros release Kyle Farnsworth

Jun 26, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT

Kyle Farnsworth AP

Is the end nigh for The Professor?

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have outrighted  Kyle Farnsworth. They’ve called up Jose Veras to replace him in the pen.

Farnsworth is 38 and he’s been awful this year, posting a 6.17 ERA in 11 and two-thirds innings since joining the Astros and walking more guys than he has struck out. He was a bit better than that with the Mets to start the season, but the fact is that two teams going nowhere and who are predisposed at this point to put up with less-than-stellar production in the name of saving some money and saving their young arms has decided that Farnsworth wasn’t worth keeping him around.

That’s a bad sign if he wants to keep pitching.

  1. henryd3rd - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Its amazing that this dude’s agent was able to convince so many so called smart GM’s to pony up money for this man. He was never able to harness his fast ball. Watching him pitch was so painful.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      ” He was never able to harness his fast ball.”

      Instantly reminds me of the time in 2011 when Farnsworth missed David Ortiz by six feet each of the two times he tried to bean him in the same at bat.

  2. gbrim - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    You are not done until Kevin Towers has overpaid for you, preferably by trading a good prospect. Overpaying on a free agent deal also works……………

    • fatheruburu - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Sad but true.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      His career ERA+ is/was 101 so league average

      Jeff Samardzija has a career ERA+ of 102 right now… and someone is going to overpay for him big time…

      Jack Morris had a career ERA+ of 105

      Fortunately for Kyle, he’s made a tick under $38 million in his career…

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    at least has that sweet tat to fall back on, right bro?

  4. thedudabides - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    It’s hard to say the Mets are going nowhere; when they’re playing in the National League Least

  5. sportsdrenched - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Now he can go home to his dogs:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/06/16/fightin-bulldog-1-kyle-farnsworth-0/

    Or maybe start a business with Ron Mexico.

  6. gregbeau - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    At least the Mets don’t have to worry about the retribution he vowed for them the next time the Astros played them.

  7. Hard On For Harden - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    “He was a bit better than that with the Mets to start the season, but the fact is that two teams going nowhere and who are predisposed at this point to put up with less-than-stellar production in the name of saving some money and saving their young arms has decided that Farnsworth wasn’t worth keeping him around.”

    I know it’s been fun for everyone to poke fun at the Astros the past few years, but I don’t feel this totally applies to them anymore, especially regarding spending. Crane and his partners have probably received adequate ROI after financing the ownership deal and we’re slowly crawling out of the black hole. If an opportunity presented itself to improve that would cost $ but not prospects, I’d be amazed of they didn’t pull the trigger.

  8. musketmaniac - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Didn’t we have the same conversation about Jose Veras a month ago.

  9. mazblast - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    IIRC this is the guy who in his Cubs days was charged at the mound by then-Red Paul Wilson (anyone remember him?) and kicked…Wilson’s…butt. I vaguely recall Reds’ radio voice Marty Brennaman saying something droll like, “That was a bad idea on Wilson’s part.”

    Beyond that, he had a remarkably mediocre career. Perhaps he should retire with his pride somewhat intact.

  10. areaman714 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Yep.

  11. areaman714 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

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