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.
http://t.co/mDPUQDOWZ3 has learned the Astros have signed veteran RHP Kyle Farnsworth and have optioned Paul Clemens to Triple-A.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 17, 2014
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.
Kyle farnsworth is going to sign an MLB deal soon, as jim duquette said. Believed to be with an AL club.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 17, 2014
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.
Was told by 2 sources that Kyle Farnsworth is finalizing a deal with either Philly or Cinci by tomorrow. Likely major league deal — Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) May 17, 2014
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.