Kyle Farnsworth released by the Mets

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have released reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The news is a bit shocking considering the Mets’ bullpen woes and that he had thus far compiled good results, sitting with a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings.

As ESPN’s Adam Rubin points out, however, Farnsworth signed an advance consent agreement with the Mets that enables them to pay him for 45 days instead of the full season, and Wednesday was the deadline. The Mets have called up Josh Edgin from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the vacant spot in the bullpen.

Farnsworth doesn’t sound too happy about the situation:

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.