It’s never enjoyable for a player when he gets released by a team, but Kyle Farnsworth was particularly upset after getting cut by the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Farnsworth described himself as “very bitter right now” and expressed his desire to find a team that would allow him to pitch against the Mets. However, for the Mets, cutting ties with Farnsworth was the right move, and they shouldn’t second guess their decision.
Farnsworth is most likely upset because the Mets released him on the eve of his contract being guaranteed for the rest of the season. But the truth of the matter is that there was little chance that Farnsworth was going to end up staying on the team for the entire season, so the Mets might as well get rid of him now and avoid having to pay him.
With Jenrry Mejia moving to the bullpen, Jeurys Familia growing into a more prominent bullpen role, Jacob deGrom likely to move to the bullpen when Dillon Gee returns from the DL and Gonzalez Germen becoming one of the team’s more consistent relievers, the Mets’ bullpen is transforming in front of our eyes into a group that’s full of youngsters with promising talent. Clearly, Farnsworth doesn’t fit into a bullpen that’s trying to get younger.
Then there’s the issue of Farnsworth’s performance. On the surface, a 3.18 ERA doesn’t sound that bad, but Farnsworth had the third-highest batting average against among active pitchers on the Mets’ roster. He’s not striking out batters at a high rate, and he’s a liability when pitching on back-to-back days. The Mets can’t afford to have someone like that in their bullpen, especially when they were being used late in games.
In his final performance with the team on Monday night against the New York Yankees, it was clear that Farnsworth was overmatched and there was no doubt that he was about to blow the save and lose the game before Lucas Duda made a spectacular defensive play to start a double play and end the game. The Mets can’t rely on Duda making a play like that to save them in every save opportunity, and Farnsworth shouldn’t get credit when one of his teammates bails him out.
The Mets were right to give Farnsworth a chance in spring training to see if he could contribute. But there are reasons why he didn’t even make the team’s opening day roster, and at this point he was no longer a viable reliever. With the Mets adding young arms to the bullpen, there’s no longer a place for Farnsworth; the team was right to cut him, no matter how upset he is about it.