Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Phils out on Kyle Farnsworth as he signs with Astros

Update May 17th 11:00 A.M. EST: Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Farnsworth is heading to the Astros. As hard as it is to remember, the Astros actually are ‘the AL club’ Heyman alluded to.


Update 10:00 PM EST: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is reporting that it appears that an AL team is the favorite to land Farnsworth’s services. 


Original Article

Per Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio, the Phillies are among one of two teams competing to sign veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a major-league deal sometime in the next 24 hours. The other team? The Cincinnati Reds, who they just so happen to be playing right now.

With the exception of Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies have gotten no consistent relief out of their bullpen this year. Sometimes, the key to having a great bullpen is putting a few proven relievers like Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson in with some failed starters, and hoping you catch lightning in a bottle, like the Phillies did with Chad Durbin in 2008. That strategy has been extremely ineffective for the Phillies in 2013, with the likes of B.J. Rosenberg, Brad Lincoln, Antonio Bastardo, and Luis Garcia (among others), struggling to provide any consistent impact out of the bullpen. Adding in the 38 year-old Farnsworth, who pitched for the Mets last season, might give the Phillies middle of the bullpen some stability. Let’s face it, if the bats wake up, and their bullpen gets stability, the Phillies have been getting playoff-caliber starting pitching. Expecting the bats to wake up, and the bullpen to ratchet things up, might be too much to ask, though.

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