UPDATE: Farnsworth’s agent, Barry Meister, tells Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish “Farnsworth has not returned to the Mets and is exploring his options.” “No agreement was or has been reached,” adds the agent.
Source: Tim Dierkes (MLB Trade Rumors)
Over the weekend the New York Mets released Kyle Farnsworth from his minor-league contract, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the veteran reliever will re-sign with the Mets on another minor-league deal.
So why release him only to bring him right back? Because by doing so the Mets will be able to avoid paying him a $100,000 “retention” bonus that was part of the original contract.
Basically the team Farnsworth it wasn’t worth paying an extra $100,000 to keep him around, but they’d still like to keep him around if he let them do so without that money being involved. And, with the options for a 37-year-old reliever being what they are in late March, he agreed.