Jun 26, 2014, 10:54 AM EST
If the Mets and Astros both think you’re done, you’re probably done.
Jun 10, 2014, 4:16 PM EST
Tony Sipp was a centerfielder at Clemson, but once he became a pitcher he thought the days of patrolling the outfield were behind him.
Jun 9, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
Arizona invested a ton of money and resources into building a strong, deep bullpen this season and yet Addison Reed has a 4.13 ERA with an astounding eight home runs allowed in 28 innings as the closer.
May 17, 2014, 11:38 AM EST
Released by the Mets earlier this week, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has found a new home with the Astros.
May 14, 2014, 11:15 PM EST
The Mets’ bullpen has been in a constant state of flux and it continued Wednesday night when they released Kyle Farnsworth.
May 11, 2014, 9:15 PM EST
24-year-old right-hander Jeurys Familia has been solid out of the bullpen for the Mets, and manager Terry Collins says he could be the club’s new closer soon.
Apr 20, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
Jose Valverde allowed three runs in an inning of work Saturday night against the Braves — the latest in a string of rough outings. So manager Terry Collins decided Sunday morning to make a change …
Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EST
A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.
Apr 4, 2014, 10:47 AM EST
For now Bobby Parnell is trying the rest-and-rehab route, but the Mets closer told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that doctors have told him it’s “50-50″ that he’ll eventually require Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament.
Apr 1, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
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.
Mar 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
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…
Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can the Mets finish with 80 or more wins for the first time…
Feb 12, 2014, 10:15 AM EST
Jose Valverde was rumored to be signing with the Diamondbacks back in December, but that never happened and now the longtime closer has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets. Valverde saved 35 games with a 3.78 ERA for the Tigers in 2012, but his secondary numbers showed a pitcher in significant decline and…
Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EST
The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but…
Feb 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EST
All kinds of minor moves today: #Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal. — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 3, 2014 Farnsworth pitched in 48 games last season for the Rays and the Pirates, posting a 4.70 ERA while striking out 28 batters in 38 innings. This will be his 16th season in the bigs,…
Jan 4, 2014, 10:22 AM EST
Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reports that there are 6-8 teams with “varying degrees” of interest in free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth. He’s said to be looking for a major league contract, but nothing is considered imminent. Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, had a 4.70 ERA in 48 appearances between the Rays and…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST
Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST
This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…
Sep 20, 2013, 11:35 PM EST
A Jordy Mercer error on a routine grounder to shortstop opened the door for the Reds to score three runs in the ninth, and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th as Cincinnati won in Pittsburgh 6-5 on Friday. The result leaves the two teams with identical 88-66 records behind the soon-to-be 90-64…
Aug 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EST
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…
Jan 24, 2013, 12:05 PM EST
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays have re-signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year free agent contract. The deal will carry a base salary of about $1.5 million and will include another $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses. It’s not a bad score for the 36-year-old, who had a weak 4.00 ERA and 1.33…
Jan 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EST
With Rafael Soriano off the table the list of established relievers is getting shorter. And apparently several teams feel that ending up with Kyle Farnsworth is better than ending up with nothing: Sources: Interest in Farnsworth intensifying in wake of Soriano deal. Multiple offers, has narrowed choices from six teams to three. — Ken Rosenthal…
Jan 3, 2013, 5:10 PM EST
It was OK to say “hey, he knows the guy” the first eleventeen times Dayton Moore signed or traded for a former Brave. Now it’s just a fetish: #Royals sign right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract for 2013. Boyer has made 233 relief appearances in MLB career. — Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) January…
Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST
We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…
Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EST
I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…
- The Padres have given their fans something to talk about. Which is badly needed in San Diego. 32
- Justin Upton traded to the Padres for three prospects 78
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. 129
- Jake Peavy agrees to a two-year, $24 million deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants 22
- Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres 29
- Padres acquire catcher Derek Norris from Athletics 35
- St. Petersburg City Council votes down deal to allow Rays to look for new stadium site 90
- What will the future of Cuban players in MLB look like? 25
- Baseball’s highest-ranking Hispanic woman employee sues for discrimination (163)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (132)
- Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, and Astros interested in Phillies’ Cole Hamels (111)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)