The New York Mets took a flier on veteran relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth this off-season. Hoping that Farnsworth would discover some more life on his fastball and bring some stability to the back of their bullpen, it sounds like the New York Mets are getting ready to cut ties and move on to other options.
Farnsworth, 37, has a contract out on Sunday and is not projected to make the roster. Even if Farnsworth did not exercise his option to depart, it appears unlikely the Mets would offer him a $100,000 retention bonus…
…Farnsworth’s velocity has steadily decreased in recent years. One scout in attendance at Saturday’s game suggested it seems as if Farnsworth has almost become a changeup-dominant pitcher this spring training.”
It is that decline in velocity that is the most concerning for a guy who relied on a plus fastball to get outs during his prime. As Rubin notes, it is hard to imagine any other MLB team expressing interest in Farnsworth if he is not able to crack the Mets’ bullpen.
If this is the end of the road for Farnsworth, we are constitutionally obligated to take another moment and appreciate that time he charged the plate.