After Jose Valverde effectively put his team out of reach for a victory against the Braves on Saturday, manager Terry Collins had to make a move.
If his team wanted to reach 90-wins, he felt he needed to pull the plug on Papa Grande now rather than later. Before the Mets took the field against Atlanta on Sunday, Collins named free agent acquisition Kyle Farnsworth as the club’s closer, according to Joel Sherman. Valverde had taken over for Bobby Parnell, who will need a second Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.
Farnsworth, 38, had been signed by the Mets on a minor league deal as insurance and depth for Parnell. Over his sixteen year career, he has only compiled 54 saves, having been a setup man for most of his career. In 2013, he split time with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, putting up a 4.70 ERA in 48 games.
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