Right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth has signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will join the Indianapolis Indians in Triple-A. The 37-year-old struggled with the Tampa Bay Rays this season, posting a 5.76 ERA in 29.2 innings.

Over his three seasons pitching for the Rays, Farnsworth posted the following numbers:

3.54 ERA
3.52 FIP
50% ground ball rate
95 strikeouts
33 walks
114.1 innings

The Rays designated him for assignment and released him on August 9.

Farnsworth certainly qualifies as veteran relief that could provide serviceable innings in September as a tryout for the playoff roster. He has pitched in 15 career postseason games and has closed games as recently as 2011 in Tampa Bay. This season, Farnsworth has averaged 95 mph on his fours...

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