Trade rumors are old hat for Farnsworth

Trade rumors are old hat for Farnsworth

KANSAS CITY -- Royals reliever Kyle Farnsworth has a simple approach to trade rumors.

"I don't read anything, I don't watch anything, whatever happens happens," Farnsworth said. "My job is with this team right now and what I'm supposed to do out there. That's where my focus and concentration is at, not on anything else."

This came up on Friday as the clock ticked under the 24-hour mark toward Saturday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Farnsworth, who is having a good season for the Royals, is one of the names that invariably comes up when relief pitchers are mentioned. His record in 36 appearances: 3-0, 2.27 ERA and a 35-12 strikeout-walk ratio for 43 2/3 innings.

The Mets popped up in Friday's rumors -- that Jeff Francoeur angle just won't die -- and the Red Sox were mentioned earlier. Farnsworth is working under a $4.5 million contract this year, with a $5.25 million club option for 2011. If traded before the end of the World Series, he can void the option and take the $500,000 buyout.

Doesn't Farnsworth check in with his agent about trade talk?

"There have been one or two times, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm on this team right now and my job is right here," he said.

Farnsworth has been traded three times in his career and, after 12 years in the big leagues, being the subject of a trade rumor is old stuff.

"I don't even pay any attention to it," Farnsworth said with a laugh. "I've got bigger stuff to worry about."