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Farnsworth signing now official



UPDATE, 3:45: Farnsworth said he was attracted to the Rays because of their past success and their location, since he lives in the Disney-area community of Celebration. He said he has improved as a pitcher since last in the AL East as a Yankee in 2006-08, throwing his sinker more and adding a cutter. And as for his reputation as an initimadator: "I'm just a big old teddy bear - I turn it on and off.''

DEVELOPING: The Rays have made official the signing of reliever Kyle Farnsworth.

Farnsworth, 34, agreed to a deal for a reported $3.25-million, with an 2012 option that could push the overall value to $6-million.

Farnsworth was 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 60 games last season for the Royals and Braves, and has done most of his work during a 12-season major-league career in middle relief, posting a 34-55 record, 4.39 ERA and 27 saves in 713 appearances.

He also has some experience in the American League East, going 6-9 with seven saves and a 4.33 ERA for the Yankees from 2006-08.

"Kyle brings not only experience, but also an intimidation factor that will help our entire bullpen,” Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said in a statement.  “As he’s matured as a pitcher, his arsenal has continued to evolve, and he has the stuff to get crucial outs for us in the AL East.”

The Braves declined a $5.25-million option on him after the season.

[Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 12:15am]


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