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Bobby Parnell on pace for Opening Day

Sandy Alderson is optimistic that Bobby Parnell will be 100% ready for Opening Day, despite having surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck in September.

Parnell will soon travel to New York for an evaluation, after which he will likely begin a throwing program, Alderson told reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday.

Alderson is reportedly looking for a veteran set-up man with experience as a closer to compete with RHP Vic Black in the event Parnell is not ready for the start of the season.

The Mets had recently been linked to free-agent relievers Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9) and RHP Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9), as well as John Axford (Duquette, Dec. 11), who recently signed a deal with the Indians.




32 comments
Raul Ayala
Raul Ayala

This is good news Parnell ur Back.i just knew it.

Joanie Yan
Joanie Yan

With the ridiculous amounts relievers are signing for 2.5 mil for Hawkins looks like a steal now.

Oliver Reid
Oliver Reid

Good news, pitchers report in 60 days. So I think I'll wait till then rather than go on an early call.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Prayers for good health, Bobby! That's no fun, whatsoever. Push, but don't rush yourself. You'll be ready, when you're ready. I hope the Mets aren't really banking on Parnell until late May/June, at the LEAST, in a miracle recovery...

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

When you see what Addison Reed was able to fetch it's the reason Parnell should have absolutely been moved last year if a deal was out there.

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

oh yeah, this is gonna be the year!!!! thanks for all the good looking out Sandy! this season can't start soon enough.  best GM in baseball and look at all that he's given us...no closer, no ss, no leadoff hitter, no second baseman, no first baseman, and a lineup filled with strikeout kings...almost makes the last few years seem worth the pain, we are locked and loaded for 2014 baby!!!

crash
crash

August 15, book it!  Remember, this is the Mets' crack medical staff. Let's also hope they locate some ergonomic pillows.

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

It would be great if Parnell's ready for April. We need him as closer.

mets2014
mets2014

I think as the offseason goes on and the closer vacancies are closed (no pun intended), there will be a few fringe closers looking for an opportunity on a minor league deal or a very reasonable contract like Hawkins got last season...wouldn't be a terrible approach for the mets 

BigAl831
BigAl831

Loved what Bobby showed last season.  Just another example of closers being overrated.  Unless your name is Mariano or Kimbrel or Chapman obviously.  You just need someone to pitch the ninth inning, if that person fails, try someone else.  Do not give out big contracts to closers.  It's getting ridiculous and they hardly ever turn out well.  Bullpens are such crapshoots they should be developed from within and put together very cheaply.

1metfan
1metfan

Translation: No money for the bullpen.

drmetfan
drmetfan

This is good news. I can see the Mets bringing in guys like Frank Francisco and the likes on minor league deals. Chris Perez would be an awesome addition but it will take a major league contract to get him.

ElVPresidente
ElVPresidente

How can anybody be optimistic Bobby will be 100% in April when he hasn't picked up a baseball yet? If you're not going to get anybody else so be it, but don't sugarcoat a dicey situation.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Now let's see if he remembers that he needs to throw more than fastballs.  It would be nice if he can go through a full season in 2014.

niesesnose
niesesnose

Good. I'd still expect them to sign a reliever, probably Boggs on a minor league deal. Since Parnell will likely be ready, Chris Perez seems unlikely.

nwmets
nwmets

Let's hope there are save-able games.

vtmetsfan
vtmetsfan

Still very iffy, but good news.

zootv
zootv

balfour was a steal for baltimore

niesesnose
niesesnose

No 2B? Really? And last I checked the offseason wasn't over and the roster wasn't set, so there's still a pretty good chance we get SS

metfan9876
metfan9876

@mcreynolds With our budget, it's pretty hard to solve all of those problems in one offseason. 

BigAl831
BigAl831

@zootv Do not agree in ever handing out big contracts to relievers.   Balfour is the perfect examples of how overrated "closers" have become.  He's always been the same pitcher, he just needed the chance to actually save games.  

niesesnose
niesesnose

The Orioles still have a lot of questions. Can Chris Davis repeat what he did? Will wieters continue to regress? How healthy is Machado? They have Chen, Tillman, and Bud Norris as their starters. Can dylan Bundy come back and can Kevin Gausman be an effective starter?

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

oh, you know who it's going to be?

mcreynolds
mcreynolds

I know, I get that, but god its so frustrating.

zootv
zootv

@BigAl831 @zootv he's a top reliever in the game. $7,5MM is chump change in this MLB especially on a short term deal

niesesnose
niesesnose

No, but do you? Tejada is far from a lock