Just hours after being released by the New York Mets, veteran MLB reliever Kyle Farnsworth will reportedly return to the team on a minor league contract.
Kyle Farnsworth will indeed re-sign with #Mets this week. Expect him to wind up at Triple-A Las Vegas as bullpen insurance.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) March 24, 2014
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the 37-year-old Farnsworth is headed back to the Mets this week, and the reasoning behind the move appears to be that the club was looking to avoid paying Farnsworth a $100,000 bonus that he would have earned if not released. However, in contrast to the DiComo report, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports indicates that Farnsworth is looking for MLB stability.
farnsworth is out there looking to see if there’s an MLB deal for him. if not, he may go back to mets.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 24, 2014
DiComo’s report makes a ton of sense for Farnsworth from a “safety” perspective, but at the same time, it’s a likelihood that he would end up in AAA for the Mets, and if he can secure a guaranteed big league salary for 2014, he’d be insane to turn that down. Farnsworth wasn’t fully disastrous last season (4.70 ERA in 38.1 innings), but his best years are far behind him, and he’s a depth play for anyone who signs him.