Farnsworth Named Mets Closer

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets skipper Terry Collins announced Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is the team's new closer.

The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who didn't make the team out of spring training, takes over for Jose Valverde, who has allowed four home runs in his last three appearances.

The job was originally Bobby Parnell's, but he was lost to the year with an elbow injury.

Farnsworth has been a closer before: the 6-foot-4 righty has 54 career saves, 25 of them in 2011 for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Farnsworth has pitched 7.1 innings for the Mets this season allowing six hits, one run, and two walks while striking out five.

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