The Mets have discussed giving Gonzalez Germen a few road opportunities this September to be the team’s closer, Andy Martino reports for the Daily News.
Germen, 25, is 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season, during which he has struck out 20 batters and walked 13 in 23 innings.
According to Martino, the goal is not to prepare him to be their closer next season, “but to make him feel more comfortable in the seventh or eighth inning.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This is interesting. I assume newly-acquired Vic Black will be added to the roster in September, and most people in baseball see him as an eventual closer, as well. The Mets listened to offers for Bobby Parnell this past summer. However, they held firm on asking for the moon, because a consistent closer is key to their plan and trading Parnell without a back-up plan would be foolish.
The thing is, Parnell is very likely to soon have surgery on a herniated disc. So, who knows what the future holds for him and his health? It’s smart to start auditioning people now because, maybe Parnell still has trade value and gets moved, but if he isn’t ready for Spring Training, Gonzalez, Black and others could be potential replacements.
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