Kyle FarnsworthKyle Farnsworth has been designated for assignment by the Rays and Josh Lueke has been called up from Durham to take his spot according to Marc Topkin of TampaBay.com.

Farnsworth was struggling in his third season with the Rays. In 39 appearances he had a 5.76 ERA (4.33 FIP) and his strikeout rate was way down to 5.8 per 9 innings. He struck out 8.0 per 9 innings in 2011 and 8.3 per 9 innings last year.

When the Rays signed Farnsworth, we wondered aloud why they gave him a 2-year deal. The second year was a risk. Stretching it to three years was a disaster waiting to happen.

The Rays re-signed Farnsworth this season to a 1-year, $1.25 million contract after making $3.3 million each of the last two seasons.

Lueke was having a dominant season in triple-A. In 24 appearances, he had a 0.72 ERA and 70 strikeouts with just 14 walks in 50 innings.

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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    I think Kyle's done. If he clears waivers, he may be a minor insurance policy in Durham in case of catastrophic injuries.

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  2. Dave L says:

    We have obviously been trying to quietly get something for him but with no takers. The last guy in the Rays formidable pen will be tempting to some team especially at his low dollar value for the remainder of the year.

    Bet he doesnt clear waivers. Bet he ends up in the NL

    But I agree he's done as an effective bullpen arm.

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  3. Ken says:

    Good move. It's time to find out Lueke's value to the club.

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  4. Morgan says:

    Farnsworth did a lot for us before Rodney. Had a great season as our unofficial closer. No bad feelings toward him - not sure why folks like Duimig slam him as he has.

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  5. RichBucsfan says:

    He gone? Shouldn't it be "He's gone"? We're loosing enough of the English language with street talk. Please spare those of us with a brain.

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