PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A day after the Mets granted him his release to avoid a $100,000 roster retention bonus, Kyle Farnsworth said he was on the verge of re-signing with the organization.
Farnsworth plans to sign a new Minor League deal with the Mets on Tuesday, allowing him to continue working out at the club's Spring Training facility and competing for a job. Though Farnsworth is an extreme longshot to make the Opening Day bullpen, his new deal will allow him to continue pitching once the season starts at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Struggling with his velocity all spring, Farnsworth posted a 5.63 ERA in eight Grapefruit League innings. The Mets originally signed him to a Minor League deal that would have required them to pay him $100,000 to assign him to the Minors.