Technically, after he was outrighted by the Mets following Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the Yankees, reliever Kyle Farnsworth can choose to accept an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.
But an angry Farnsworth apparently didn't need much time to make his choice.
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"Hopefully, I'll find a team to play against this team," said Farnsworth, who didn't hide his emotions after receiving the news.
Farnsworth's contract contained a 45-day waiver, during which the Mets could release him without being on the hook for the remainder of his guaranteed salary, roughly $1 million. However, because the 38-year-old did not make the Opening Day roster, the release deadline is Saturday.
According to sources, the Mets had simply seen enough of the veteran righty, who faltered after moving into the closer's role.
"Oh yeah, it totally caught me off guard," said Farnsworth, who posted a 3.18 ERA in 18 appearances.
After Jose Valverde struggled as the closer, Farnsworth stepped into the role, notching his third save on Monday against the Yankees. But since April 26, he went 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA.
"Probably angry, yeah, I would say so," Farnsworth said of his emotions. "Disappointed."
Lefthander Josh Edgin is expected to be promoted.