The New York Mets added a couple relief pitchers that have held down the closer role pretty well in their career. They picked up both Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde to low-risk deals in hopes of adding depth.
Last year Parnell was dealing with a herniated disk in his neck that was pushing on a nerve, causing discomfort down his arm. He received an epidural late in the year and continued to pitch. He was hoping to avoid season-ending surgery but ended up having successful surgery in September.
Bobby Parnell is the closer, regardless of Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth presence, Terry Collins said.
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Parnell finished the year with beautiful 2.16 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP, 22 saves, 44 strikeouts in 50 innings of work.