As always, teams are clamoring for pitching relief come the MLB trade deadline and this year is no different.
While the demand for starting pitching seems to be a bit greater than recent years, the demand for relief arms is not. Just about every team with an ounce of playoff hope is hoping to solidify their bullpen help and that’s something the New York Mets are well aware of.
Because of that, the Mets have informed teams that closer Bobby Parnell is not available – well – unless you want to overpay.
According to David Lennon, the Mets say they wont trade Parnell unless they’re “blown away” with an offer:
Told Red Sox not looking for closer, so doubtful they’d overpay for late-inning help, and
#Mets aren’t moving Parnell unless “blown away.”
Fantastic as Parnell has been, he’s still a 29 year old reliever with a plus 3.50 ERA. While that’s far from bad, it’s not exactly as if Parnell is the second coming of Mariano Rivera either.
Parnell is under Mets rule until 2015, so they may be hoping to squeeze another year or two out of their closer.