MLB Rumors: Kyle Farnsworth

Drastic changes at RP for Mets 

May, 15, 2014
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The team leader is saves so far this season for the New York Mets is Kyle Farnsworth, who has successfully closed out three victories for the team. However, that total will not be getting any higher, as the Mets unexpectedly and unceremoniously released the veteran pitcher on Wednesday.

Could Dice-K get chance to close? 

April, 24, 2014
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The New York Mets are already on their third closer of the season, with Bobby Parnell's Tommy John surgery and Jose Valverde's ineffectiveness giving way to current ninth-inning option Kyle Farnsworth. The question now is who might take over the role if Farnsworth falters.

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Time to move on from Valverde? 

April, 20, 2014
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Last night's New York Mets game had to be frustrating for manager Terry Collins. His team scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings of a game against the Atlanta Braves -- the latter pair off of closer Craig Kimbrel -- and yet, they still lost because their own closer, Jose Valverde gave up a three-run blast to Justin Upton in the top of the ninth.

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Mets still trust in Valverde? 

April, 17, 2014
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The New York Mets were in the process of completing a sweep on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Although it was not a save situation, manager Terry Collins turned to closer Jose Valverde to finish things off. It's a good thing the score wasn't closer to begin with.

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Parnell expected to be fine 

February, 10, 2014
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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Bobby Parnell is "about two weeks behind his typical schedule, but the New York Mets closer fully expects to be ready for Opening Day."

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If Farnsworth lands on the DL 

June, 11, 2013
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Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth could be headed to the disabled list after leaving Monday’s 14-inning loss to the Red Sox with right arm soreness, reports Bill and Adam Berry of MLB.com.

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Closer change in Tampa? 

May, 23, 2013
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Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Fernando Rodney blew a save Wednesday -- serving up a solo shot to Jose Bautista -- and was replaced by Joel Peralta, who, if Rodney is removed from the closer's role, figures to pick up some save chances moving forward.

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Jays' relief search urgent? 

April, 4, 2013
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The Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add a relief pitcher and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this winter that the club wants a setup man capable of closing. Such an arm shouldn't be too difficult to find, but the free agent market has thinned of such veteran relievers with ninth-inning experience.

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Rays' bullpen better in '13? 

January, 24, 2013
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The Tampa Bay Rays, led by skipper Joe Maddon, pitching coach Jim Hickey and GM Andrew Friedman, already have proven they know how to build a bullpen for cheap and use them optimally. The club's relief corps led the American League in ERA at 2.88 in 2012. Is there a a chance they are better in 2013?


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Farnsworth close to decision 

January, 16, 2013
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Tuesday Kyle Farnsworth's name was linked to the Toronto Blue Jays, in theory, since the club is reportedly looking for a setup man who can close on occasion. Farnsworth, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, has narrowed his choices to three teams. Rosenthal adds via Twitter that among the clubs in the market for late-inning relief are the Blue Jays, Mariners, Rays, Marlins, Mets and Tigers.

Perhaps the contender that needs the most help late in games is the Tigers, who appear set to let Jose Valverde, their closer in recent years, leave via free agency. As of now, their projected closer is rookie Bruce Rondon, with Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit also possibilities.

With Rafael Soriano now off the board, Farnsworth may be among the most sought after relievers remaining, suggesting the buzz on him could pick up some and he may choose a destination relatively soon.

Others still available include Juan Carlos Oviedo, Francisco Cordero, Mark Lowe, Guillermo Mota, Brandon Lyon, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Capps, Kevin Gregg, Jon Rauch, Francisco Rodriguez and Valverde.

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