The Mets on Wednesday night parted ways with veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth, outrighting him off the 40-man roster just before a deadline that would have forced them to guarantee his $750,000 salary.
Farnsworth, a veteran of 16 years, had a 3.18 ERA in 19 appearances with New York. He'd been a key contributor in a bullpen that lost its closer, Bobby Parnell, for the season in early April.
Farnsworth indicated that he will not accept an assignment to Triple A. He told reporters including Mike Puma of the New York Post that he is "very bitter right now" and hopes to find a team to "play against this team," with this team being the Mets.
The Phillies play the Mets 15 more times, for what it's worth.
In 877 career appearances, Farnsworth has a 4.24 ERA and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Since 2010, he has a 3.34 ERA in 224 appearances. He's not the most reliable reliever, but he has strikeout stuff and would be an upgrade over someone like Luis Garcia.
Farnsworth would likely accept a one-year deal worth less than $1 million. It would be worth it for the Phillies to gauge his interest in helping a bullpen that has the fourth-worst ERA in the majors at 4.68.