NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson acknowledged there was a financial motivation to dumping Kyle Farnsworth on Wednesday, just as there is a financial component to any decision. Still, the GM portrayed it as a sensible baseball decision, too. The Mets needed a second left-hander in their bullpen to pair with Scott Rice. And they aim to soon put young arms like Jacob deGrom and/or Rafael Montero in relief roles.
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Farnsworth has officially elected free agency. The Mets saved $750,000 by dropping him days ahead of a deadline in which his $1 million contract would have become guaranteed for the season.
“I guess what I would say is there’s a financial element to every decision that we make,” Alderson said Thursday afternoon. “But, at the same time, if you look at what we have in the way of younger players that we have always wanted to move into the bullpen at some point, the middle of May was about the time we felt that might occur. And if you look at the other candidates that we have who are veterans who have made a contribution -- [Daisuke] Matsuzaka, [Jose] Valverde -- we just had to make a choice. So that’s the choice we made.”
Specifically on Farnsworth versus Valverde, the GM suggested it really was a slam dunk
“You go back and look over the last 10 appearances for Kyle versus somebody like let’s say Valverde, there’s no real comparison,” Alderson said. “So we had to make a choice. So it’s unfortunate that Kyle has decided to elect free agency because I think we would have liked to have had him at Las Vegas. That was his choice.”
On the bullpen overall, Alderson suggested there have been solid individual performances, and it can be strong if a closer eventually emerges.
“Look, I think we’d all love to have somebody who can emerge in that role who will be a fixture for some period of time -- not just this season, but perhaps longer than that,” the GM said. “I don’t think we’re there yet. So my expectation is we will see not a bullpen by committee, but I don’t know that you’ll see a specific closer going forward. Maybe, but I haven’t really talked to Terry [Collins] about it. Valverde has pitched well. [Jenrry] Mejia has pitched well in, what, one outing. [Jeurys] Familia is starting to pitch better. So I’m excited about our possibilities.”