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Mets sign Kyle Farnsworth to minor-league deal

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth throws against

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth throws against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning of a game Sept. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (Credit: AP)

The Mets have signed veteran pitcher Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.

Farnsworth, a 37-year-old righthander, is 43-64 with a career 4.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 960 innings.

In his 15-year MLB tenure, Farnsworth has played for seven different teams, including the Yankees. In 38.1 innings over 48 games last season with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates he went 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 28 strikeouts.

With closer Bobby Parnell returning from a neck injury, the Mets were in need of a veteran reliever. Farnsworth spent the 2011 season as the Rays closer and did a solid job. He had 25 saves on 31 chances and posted a 2.18 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP that year.

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