Tag:Kyle Farnsworth
Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am

Relievers on the block 'terrible'

Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:

Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:55 am

Slim pickings for bullpen arms

Matt Capps How bad is the reliever market?

The Tigers -- who are without Joel Zumaya -- are in Seattle scouting the bullpens of the Royals and Tigers, AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price writes .

The bullpen arms on display were hardly top shelf -- Kyle Farnsworth, David Aardsma, Brandon League and Chad Cordero.

Price says the Indians are trying to find a taker for Kerry Wood and Pittsburgh is open to getting anything in return for Octavio Dotel.

The best arm on the market may be the Nationals' Matt Capps, but Washington has made no move to indicate they're ready to start dealing, although it's likely only a matter of time.

Capps, the Nationals' All-Star representative, is on a one-year deal he signed on Christmas Eve with Washington. The Nationals have two young bullpen arms under team control that look to be ready to take over the closer's role in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen.

Because of the lack of relievers on the market, Capps' trade value may be as high as it ever will be and the Nationals should strike while they can.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 4, 2010 11:51 am

Report: Farnsworth an option for Red Sox

Kyle Farnsworth In Nick Cafardo's Sunday baseball notes for the Boston Globe , he notes that Royals relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth is an option for the Red Sox, although team officials are divided on whether Farnsworth could be a fit.

“I’d be nervous with him and Boston," an NL scout told Cafardo. "But here’s the thing — his stuff hasn’t slipped at all."

Farnsworth, despite pitching for contenders in the past like the Cubs and Yankees, has a reputation as a headcase and has skipped from team to team since ending his six-year Cubs tenure. He's currently dominating batters to the tune of a 2.10 ERA in 34 1/3 innings, whiffing 26 and walking just nine. He would be a boon to the Red Sox' sketchy bullpen, and certainly has proven that despite a surly reputation, he can hang with the beasts of the East. Farnsworth spent two-and-a-half years with the Yankees starting in 2006.

Despite being 34, the NL scout says that Farnsworth is still strong and could find Boston to his liking due to pitching coach John Farrell and his ability to relate to people.

The problem with Farnsworth is that he is prone to blowups or the occasional awful season, and Boston has been skittish of paying too much for a top reliever ever since the Eric Gagne implosion. Sure, Billy Wagner worked out wonderfully, but the cost was far less than Gagne, and Kansas City would figure to ask for a legitimate minor-league prospect rather than an Quad-A-type player like the Mets took for Wagner.

-- Evan Brunell

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