Free-agent right handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth has signed with the Houston Astros. He will be in uniform for Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Farnsworth has been in the majors for 16 seasons. He has played for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the New York Mets. This year he was with the Mets and was 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in 19 appearances, according to ESPN. The Mets released Farnsworth on Wednesday, just days before his $1 million salary would be guaranteed. The Mets only owe Farnsworth a quarter of his salary.
"Hopefully find a team to play against this team," Farnsworth said Wednesday night. "I'm very bitter right now."
Farnsworth can earn as much as $1.2 million on the deal if he gets all of his performance bonuses, according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, MLB Daily Dish notes. It is unknown how much the deal is worth and how much is guaranteed.
Signing Farnsworth isn’t the only move the Astros have made this week. They sent reliever Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City after Friday’s game. In eight appearances with the Astros, Clemens had a 4.08 ERA, according to MLB.com. The Astros now have a full roster at 40 players.
Farnsworth had reportedly received three offers. The Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies were interested in Farnsworth. The Astros should be a good fit for him since they have a 5.56 bullpen ERA, which is the worst in the majors.