Astros sign Mets castoff Kyle Farnsworth
Released by the Mets earlier this week, veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth has found a new home with the Astros.
Farnsworth was pretty upset with the Mets at the time of the release and talked about wanting to “find a team where I can play against this one.”
Houston is in the AL, but the Astros’ final series of the season--September 26-28--is actually against the Mets, in New York. So Farnsworth would get a chance to pitch against the team that cut him loose, assuming he can find a way not to get released by the Astros before then.
Farnsworth actually pitched relatively well for the Mets with a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, although his 10/6 K/BB ratio was unimpressive and his average fastball velocity was down to 92.0 miles per hour compared to his peak levels of 94-96 mph.
Chad Qualls was recently promoted to the full-time closer role by the Astros, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Farnsworth get some save chances at some point.