Monday, March 24, 2014
Mets News: Mets release Kyle Farnsworth, but could be back?
The Mets announced Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth has decided to exercise the out in his contract, the veteran reliever may be sticking around.
The sides are talking about Farnsworth remaining with the organization, presumably beginning the season in the minors and with an in-season contract out if he is not promoted by a specified date.
The Mets were unwilling to pay Farnsworth a $100,000 retention bonus to send him to the minors. But the Mets would be willing to bring Farnsworth back without that $100,000 obligation. So after Farnsworth has the opportunity to shop his services, which is mandated by the Players' Association, the Mets could re-sign him to a minor-league deal.
Farnsworth, 37, had a 5.63 ERA in seven Grapefruit League appearances. He allowed 10 hits, including two homers, and four walks while striking out four in eight innings.