Now, they don't even want him around -- or at least don't want to pay him to stick around.
Officially, the Mets outrighted Farnsworth to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday night's 4-0 loss to the New York Yankees. But Farnsworth has the right to refuse the assignment, and it seems a certainty that he will.
"Hopefully find a team to play against this team," Farnsworth said. "I'm very bitter right now."
The Mets saved a significant amount of money by dumping Farnsworth now. He signed an advance consent letter before the season, allowing the team to avoid paying his full contract if he was gone before the 45th day he was on the roster. Farnsworth wasn't added to the roster until April 2.
Farnsworth's original deal with the Mets was for $1 million, so by getting rid of him now, the Mets save about $750,000.
"I do understand it," he said. "It's sad."
Farnsworth, a 38-year-old veteran in his 16th big league season, became the Mets' closer after Bobby Parnell was injured and Jose Valverde failed. Farnsworth appeared in 19 games for the Mets, with a 3.18 ERA and three saves in four chances.
"I did a pretty good job for the opportunity I got," he said. "I definitely got a fair opportunity starting from spring training."
The Mets didn't announce an immediate corresponding move, but sources said reliever Josh Edgin was on his way from Las Vegas.