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Tampa Bay Rays sign veteran arm for the bullpen rotation

It was announced this afternoon that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed a veteran arm for the Rays bullpen rotation this season. RHP Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to a two-year contract with Tampa Bay. Farnesworth is a well traveled veteran pitcher.

The veteran who was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs, has played for the Troonto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and last season, split duties between the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves.

Farnsworth has an AL ERA of 3.94 in 311.0 innings pitched, with 317 strikeouts against 123 walks.

According to ESPN, the Rays will pay Farnsworth $3.25 million for 2011 and have an option which could make Farnsworth’s value $6 million in 2012. This is a smart move for a bullpen which is going to be in need of some veteran leadership.