Farnsworth set to return
The Rays completed a deal to bring back reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
The veteran right-hander, who spent the last two seasons in their bullpen, has been considering a return for weeks and finally made a decision. According to ESPN and Fox Sports, he will get a reduced salary of around $1.5-million, and can earn another $1.5-million in incentives.
The Rays have not confirmed or announced the deal. One reason is that the deal pending a physical, which is a potential issue given his elbow problems last season. The other is that their 40-man roster is full so they will have to make a move to create room to add Farnsworth.
Farnsworth, 36, spent the last two seasons with the Rays, going a combined 6-7, 2.76 with 25 saves in 97 appearances.
After a tremendous 2011 season (5-1, 2.18 ERA) where he emerged as the Rays closer, Farnsworth was sidelined the first part of 2012 with an elbow injury. He returned in late June and made 34 appearances, going 1-6, 4.00 and regaining form as he went. He also enjoyed playing for the Rays because he could commute from his Disney-area home.
He made $3.3-million last season, up from $2.6-million in 2011.
The Rays have Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta and Jake McGee back in their bullpen, with the possibility of adding Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) if he doesn't get a spot in the rotation. They also signed veteran Jamey Wright to a minor-league contract. Cesar Ramos is expected to have a spot as well. J.P. Howell left as a free agent and Wade Davis was traded.
Also, Dan Johnson is no longer a possibility to fill the DH slot, as he took a minor-league deal with the Yankees.