Kyle Farnsworth is a name that's being floated around as a possible candidate to be traded from the Royals at the upcoming MLB trade deadline. He's a reliever that's struggled in the past but is actually putting up decent numbers at this point.
MLB Trade Rumors takes a closer look at Farnsworth's value relative to the other relievers available.
But lucky or not, there aren't a ton of available relievers who induce ground balls, strike out three times as many batters as they walk and have 95 mph fastballs. Farnsworth has about $2MM plus bonuses remaining on his 2010 contract. If he's traded, the 34-year-old can choose to void his team's $5.25MM option for 2011 and collect a $500K buyout.
Kerry Wood, David Aardsma, Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel and Matt Capps are among the late-inning right-handers who could be traded this year. Some of those players (like Capps) would require better prospects than Farnsworth and others (like Wood) would require a bigger financial commitment, so the Royals should draw interest in Farnsworth this month.
They conclude that many of Farnsworth's numbers aren't likely to hold over an entire season.
He's entering the final season of a two-year, $9.25 million contract which means he's got a little over $2 million remaining. He'd be a decent option because every team can always use reliever help.