Kyle Farnsworth is a victim. A victim of his own reputation and his own early career foibles. A victim of gentle fun had at his expense, thanks to the brilliant Dugout. In reality, Kyle Farnsworth is a really good pitcher and has been for some time. 2012 saw Kyle Farnsworth post his fourth consecutive FIP under 3.50, though it was an injury-shortened campaign.

The Rays don’t need to spend big to build a strong bullpen, they just need to find buy-low candidates and fix or regress them. Farnsworth’s off year in 2012 made him a buy low guy, even if he was in-house.

An incentive laden contract worth at most $3MM? Even the Rays can afford that. Not a bad piece of business from the team that builds cheap bullpens better than anyone.