January 23, 2013
Wednesday, January 23
The Phillies breathed life into the flagging Hot Stove with a one-year deal for Delmon Young, whom general manager Ruben Amaro expects to be his regular right fielder. While you imagine the hilarity enabled by that move, here’s an mélange of the other rumblings that recently made the rounds…
Survivor: Kyle Farnsworth finale coming soon
Crasnick tweeted that the Rays, Farnsworth’s most recent employer, are one of the finalists for his 2013 services, but the identity of the other remains uncertain. The 36-year-old Farnsworth missed the first three months of last season while nursing a strained elbow, his first stint on the disabled list since 2009. Farnsworth’s control was initially erratic when he returned to the mound on June 30, but he was effective against like-handed hitters (.210 TAv), routinely hit 95 mph with his heater, and logged a 22-to-9 K:BB in 31 appearances after the All-Star break.
The only other team with confirmed interest in Farnsworth is the Brewers, whose general manager, Doug Melvin, listed the hard-throwing northpaw as one of his targets in a radio hit with XM’s Jim Bowden last month. Farnsworth might also be heading for a third tour of duty with the Tigers—who, at least for the moment, appear content to hand rookie Bruce Rondon the ninth-inning reins—or joining the Mets, who were unimpressed with Brian Wilson in a workout earlier this month and might now view Farnsworth as the best veteran on the market. Other possible fits include the Blue Jays, who lost Jason Frasor to the Rangers in free agency and could use Farnsworth in his middle-inning role, and the Marlins, who may be compelled to add guaranteed salaries to their payroll after feeling heat from the MLB Players Association.
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discussed the Marlins’ payroll pressure, which emerged in Barry Jackson’s Miami Herald column on Sunday, during yesterday’s Effectively Wild podcast. Jackson noted in his piece that two other unemployed veterans, Bobby Abreu and Freddy Garcia, have expressed interest in joining Mike Redmond’s team, though it’s unclear if the stories are related, or if they simply want to play in Miami, where both reside. Assuming that owner Jeffrey Loria caves in to union pressure and instructs Larry Beinfest to bump his payroll above $40 million, Farnsworth—who might fetch a useful prospect at the trade deadline if he performs well over the first half of the season—could be a more attractive option than either Abreu or Garcia. While the Marlins’ bullpen situation is fluid, they have abundant options in the outfield and a plethora of younger arms set to compete for rotation spots this spring.
Mariners debating extension offer to Felix Hernandez