Video Q&A: Bobby Parnell talks one on one with Michael Baron about being a closer

Earlier this week, Frank Francisco announced that he has been temporarily shut down because of swelling in his elbow.

Terry Collins later said Bobby Parnell will take over for Francisco as the team’s closer, in the event Francisco is not ready for Opening Day.

Yesterday, MetsBlog’s Michael Baron talked one on one with Parnell, who said:

  • He will prepare the same way he always does for the regular season.
  • His presence on the mound has improved over the last few years.
  • His knuckle curve has helped make his fastball more effective.
  • He can compete with just these two pitches.
  • In regards to his beard, “I just wanted to rock it down here for a little bit, or until it starts to get warmer.”

To see Baron’s entire talk with Parnell, watch this:

Video: Johan Santana discusses the upcoming season

Travis d’Arnaud talks about his approach to Spring Training, and his relationship with fellow catcher, John Buck.

Sandy Alderson discusses the 2013 outfield, and Michael Bourn

Sandy Alderson discusses 2013, outfield, pitching

Kevin Burkhardt talks with Paul DePodesta at last night’s season-ticket holder event in Citi Field

David Wright is excited about this year’s team

Speaking at his annual charity event in Virginia on Friday, David Wright said:

“I’m excited about this team. You don’t win championships in the winter. We’ll have a lot of energy in the spring. I’m excited to get going. I’m where I want to be. I didn’t want to be anywhere else.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

I basically agree and, as always, I love Wright’s attitude and optimism. But let’s be honest here: the roster hasn’t exactly been beefed up since the end of last season. In fact, it’s safe to say there are fewer Major League caliber players on the roster today than there were in October. The good news is, in his interview on WFAN on Thursday, Sandy Alderson seemed very displeased with where the Major League roster stands right now, and he seems determined to make additions in the remaining time he has before Spring Training. And, to be fair, most of their reported targets are still available; their options haven’t completely dwindled yet.

David Wright 2 polaroidThe thing is, even if they bring back Scott Hairston, sign a starting pitcher and a reliever similar to Jon Rauch, the roster still won’t be improved over last season. They’re going to be forced to depend on Hairston being at least as good as he was in 2012, and a lot of growth from Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter, and maybe Matt den Dekker. It’s just a lot to ask for, and hard to expect all of that can happen.

I know…I keep going on the same rant about the outfield, but its an absolute mess right now. Until I see some action behind the words, I am going to continue to be worried and frustrated about the progress with this roster…

To hear Wright discuss his new contract with the Mets, watch this:

Video: Bob Ojeda joined Matt Harvey during his offseason workout as he discusses his outlook for the 2013 season.

Video: Daniel Murphy on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove