Bobby Parnell has been fully cleared for baseball activities (Rubin, Jan. 9).
Parnell had surgery for a herniated disk in his neck on Sept. 10.
In December, Sandy Alderson told reporters Parnell had gained all the weight back he lost after surgery and he’s confident his closer will be ready for Spring Training.
“He looked terrific, toned, strong, limber,” according to someone who recently saw Parnell (Rubin, Jan. 9).
Nevertheless, Alderson is reportedly looking for a veteran set-up man (either by trade or minor-league deal) to compete with RHP Vic Black in the event Parnell is not ready for the start of the season.
The Mets had been linked to free-agents RHP Alfredo Aceves (Cafardo, Nov. 13) and RHP Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9), as well as RHP John Axford (Duquette, Dec. 11) and Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9), both of whom inked deals with other teams.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
My bet has been on Aceves, only because he was the first guy mentioned as a possibility, way back in November. Of course, I haven’t heard him mentioned since then. He’s still a free agent, as is Boggs and others, and the Mets could still acquire a pitcher in trade for Ike Davis, so there is time on this acquisition…
Parnell, Black, Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin and Carlos Torres are still the odds-on-favorites to end up in the opening day bullpen, with Joel Carreno, Jack Leathersich and Jeff Walters creating a bit of buzz, as well.