Jose Valverde

Jose Valverde will fill in as closer in place of Parnell

Jose Valverde will serve as the team’s closer, in place of Bobby Parnell, Terry Collins told reporters before Wednesday’s game.

He said he would simply mix and match the rest of the roles in his bullpen, including his “set-up guy.”

The Mets signed Valverde to a minor-league deal this past winter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Valverde looked great on Monday, which is all the more important considering Tuesday’s depressing news about Parnell. He retired all four batters he faced, while striking out three. He also got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, which was followed by his legendary, colorful swinging fist pump as he leaped off the field. … The moral of Valverde’s story during his final year in Detroit, according to his former manager Jim Leyland, is this… >> Read more from March 31 on MetsBlog




12 comments
Doubleday
Doubleday

No worries - the way we're hitting we won't need a closer.

xplr
xplr

Typical Mets move: Sign a guy nobody wants to a minor league contract, promote to the Show, and then make him your closer. Can't wait for Abreu to start as well.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Am I the only one who dreads the prospect of Papa Grande as closer? Sure, the guy has had some success but those recent numbers don't lie. I lost enough sleep with Armando Benitez and Mel Rojas.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Closers are overrated.  You only need one when you have a lead. 

Stearnsfan12
Stearnsfan12

I guarantee Parnell doesn't come back.  Tommy John awaits, mark my words.  More mix and match from Terry since it's worked so poorly the last few years.  Find roles for the guys you have.  Terry admitted in the press conference that pitchers prefer to have defined roles, but that he doesn't think much of it.  Well, since his way of mismanaging bullpens hasn't worked over the last few seasons, why not try the other way?  Put guys in roles and see if they can handle it?  What's the harm with that?  Can't be much worse than they project to be as of now, right?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@John Cantelmi  Atchison has retired comfortably to Washington, D.C. where they've given him his own wing at the Smithsonian. 

rico
rico

@Victor Triguero  I think Famiglia will be the set up guy, could be the best arm in the pen. when he gets his stuff together he may be the closer.