Kyle Farnsworth to re-sign with the Mets

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Over the weekend the Mets released Kyle Farnsworth from his minor-league contract, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the veteran reliever will re-sign with the Mets on another minor-league deal.

So why release him only to bring him right back? Because by doing so the Mets will be able to avoid paying him a $100,000 “retention” bonus that was part of the original contract.

Basically they told Farnsworth it wasn’t worth paying an extra $100,000 to keep him around, but they’d still like to keep him around if he let them do so without that money being involved. And, the options for a 37-year-old reliever being what they are in late March, he agreed.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.