Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (39) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Mets won 4-2 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets’ Collins says Bobby Parnell will be his closer


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.

Now according to Adam Rubin on Twitter, New York Mets manager Terry Collins said that Bobby Parnell will be the teams closer regardless of Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth‘s presence.

Parnell finished the year with beautiful 2.16 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP, 22 saves, 44 strikeouts in 50 innings of work.

Tags: Bobby Parnell Jose Valverde Kyle Farnsworth New York Mets Terry Collins