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Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to sign a three-year, $17 million dollar contract with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees' deal beat the Braves' offer of a three-year contract worth $13 million dollars. Farnsworth's agent had told the Braves he would have stayed with him hometown team for a $15 million dollar contract, but the Braves were unwilling to agree to that amount.
Farnsworth also had three-year offers from the Indians ($15 million), Tigers ($15 million), and Cardinals ($13 million).
His contract with the Yankees will increase if he should become the team's closer. He'll be paid an additional $1 million per season if he assumes the role from Mariano Rivera.
Farnsworth was acquired from the Tigers on July 31st for Roman Colon and Zach Miner. He became Atlanta's closer in mid-August after Chris Reitsma faltered. Farnsworth had ten saves in ten opportunities and a 1.98 ERA in 26 games with the Braves after the trade.
The Braves will possibly now turn to more talks with free agent Trevor Hoffman and other free agents to find a closer.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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