The Mets avoided arbitration with Bobby Parnell, signing him to a one-year, $3.7 million deal (Sherman).
Parnell can earn a $50,000 bonus if he appears in 60 games.
Parnell had 22 saves with a 2.16 ERA and 1.000 WHIP over 50 innings last season.
He earned $1.7 million in 2013 and was projected to earn $3.2 million in 2014 (MLBTR).
Parnell had surgery for a herniated disk in his neck on Sept. 10.
Parnell called in to Mets Hot Stove on Thursday evening and had this to say about his neck surgery: “Everything is going well. Everything is attached. Everything is put back to where it was and I’m feeling good and ready to get the season started.”
Parnell told reporters on Thursday that he still thinks he’s the Mets’ closer.
“In my head, I feel like I’m still the closer,” he said. “I’ll go with that until told otherwise.”