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Mets release Farnsworth a day after demoting him from closer job

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Two days after saving a game as Mets closer against the rival Yankees, veteran righthanded reliever Kyle Farnsworth has been released by the team, sources said.

Farnsworth recorded his third save of the year Monday against the Yankees but was told he would no longer be the closer the next day.

The release is surprising in that Farnsworth had improved markedly from spring training, when he didn't make the team, throwing in the mid-90s lately after languishing around 90 mph back in Port St. Lucie. He was 0-3 but with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in four chances.

The Mets' bullpen has been a weakness, but Farnsworth has been one of the better pitchers in their pen. The team is going more toward a youth movement, as Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom have been called up to start, and Jenrry Mejia move from the rotation to the pen.

The 45-day waiver period is expires late this week related to his advance-consent, so the Mets may have saved a bit of money by releasing Farnsworth. He was to make $1 million this year, so the savings will be up to $750,000, though the roster spot will be used by someone else now.

Kyle Farnsworth recorded his third save of the year in a victory Monday over the Yankees. (USATSI)
Kyle Farnsworth recorded his third save of the year in a victory Monday over the Yankees. (USATSI)

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