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Friday, January 17, 2014

Yahoo: Mets RHP Bobby Parnell: ‘I’m still the closer’

Parnell said he lost about 10-13 pounds after the surgery but is now back at 207 or 208.

‘‘At this time, I don’t feel like there is any question that I will be ready,’’ he said.

‘‘I feel good. I’ve been throwing. I’ve not been sore after throwing. The only thing that I’m going to take my time with is lifting weights and getting my strength back up. Right now I feel like my arm is strong. I feel like my body’s put together,’’ he said.

No mention of his beard, which - unlike the rest of him - may not be in the best shape of his life.

And in other news -

Eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, Parnell was among seven Mets who filed for arbitration this week.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada settled, agreeing Wednesday night to a $1.1 million, one-year deal. First baseman Ike Davis agreed Thursday to a $3.5 million, one-year contract, and left fielder Eric Young Jr. has a $1.85 million, one-year deal set to be announced Friday.

Lassus Posted: January 17, 2014 at 02:28 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4640910)
Really there are still a few things that I think needed to be sorted out before this year starts.

1) Duda or Davis: Who is going to start and who is getting traded?

2)Are the Mets going to sign Drew or see if Tejada can be an averagish starter for cheap?

3) Are the Mets going to sign a guy to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation or go with Niese/Colon/Gee/Wheeler/Mejia?

4) What are the Mets going to do with Puello and Flores?

I think this is going to be a fun year.
   2. Lassus Posted: January 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4640929)
3) Are the Mets going to sign a guy to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation or go with Niese/Colon/Gee/Wheeler/Mejia?

I'm embarrassed to say I have no recollection if Santana is injured, traded, no longer under contract, or dead.
   3. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM (#4640960)
Santana is a free agent and there has not been much talk that he's coming back. There has been some talk about Dice-K coming back. To be completely honest, I have nothing against not signing anyone and just going with the guys they have. I really like how Mejia pitched last year and think he still has upside. I'm ambivalent about signing Drew, especially if it takes three years but I've always liked Tejada more than most.

By the way, Sickels posted his top-20 Met prospects and he had some nice things to say about the system.
   4. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4640967)
Johan is an FA, and I'd be entirely amenable to bringing him back on the cheap. He's only 34, and while his arm's gone kablooey twice now, I don't think he needs very much stuff to succeed. He'd be a heckuva Sunday starter.

@Russlan:

1) Davis, please. He's a potential all-star or he's potential RL. Potential is more fun. Duda's a born DH stuck in the NL, and there's no sense in keeping him around when nearly all the value produced from his bat is eaten away in the field. (Sidenote: does anybody else remember the rumors about the imminent adoption of the NL DH this offseason?)

2) I hope Tejada. I'd rather save the money and see what we have. Drew's on the wrong side of 30, anyway.

3) See above, but if we're spending money, it might as well be on a total lottery ticket like Johan. Question: can Mejia last as a starter? He seems very injury prone. Since he has such great stuff, wouldn't it make sense to move him to the pen and let him be a lights out reliever?

4) I hope Flores gets the job in a corner. I'm not very high on Lagares, as I don't totally buy into the metrics and while his glove looked good, it didn't look +30 (or +25 if you favor UZR) good.

BONUS #5: I'm weirdly high on Vic Black, and I think the Mets would be wise to consider moving Parnell towards the deadline if they're not in the thick of it come July. Parnell's a good closer, but he's not an elite one, and that's precisely the kind of guy a pretender (which I think the Mets are this year, sadly) doesn't need.
   5. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4640977)
Parnell is under contract for 2015 and I don't mind keeping him around this year. He's not very expensive and you need quality arms in the bullpen. I hope Black pitches well but I don't think it means you need to get rid of Parnell. Familia is coming back as well.
   6. JE (Jason) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4640997)
4) What are the Mets going to do with Puello and Flores?

4) I hope Flores gets the job in a corner.

I really, really, really hope Flores plays. Otherwise, the no. 4 t-shirt I bought at Modell's before New Year's is going to get about as much wear as the Kaz Matsui jersey and "Got Pedro?" shirt.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4641020)
I hope Flores gets the job in a corner.



Nobody puts Flores in the corner.
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4641025)
bobby parnell: 'I'm still the closer'

Harvey: 'the left side of my body isn't shot to h8ll'

if only saying so made it so.............................
   9. Mark S. is bored Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4641033)
1) Davis starts until he gets traded or bombs so badly they send him back down...again
2) Tejada is the cheap option I expect them to stay with unless Drew's price drops drastically
3) I expect one or two cheap free agent pitchers to be signed to compete for the fifth spot and as a holding spot for injuries
4) Both start in AAA
   10. PreservedFish Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4641046)
I don't see a problem with Puello. He's starting at AAA and he can play any outfield position. He's ready when they need him. Any one of Lagares, Young and Young could fall flat on his face this year, clearing room for Puello.

Flores ... I would give him the Justin Turner utility job. I don't see what other role he can fill.
   11. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: January 17, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4641120)
Parnell is going to be the closer if he's healthy.
   12. Vailsoxfan Posted: January 17, 2014 at 04:44 PM (#4641224)
Anyone who has to say I am the closer is no true closer
   13. formerly dp Posted: January 17, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4641272)
Any one of Lagares, Young and Young could fall flat on his face this year, clearing room for Puello.

I might include Granderson in that list (memories of Jason Bay). Puello needs at least a half-year in the minors, though I wish the Mets would GTFO of Vegas...would make judging their hitters and pitchers much easier.
==

I really, really, really hope Flores plays.
I haven't invested in a jersey, but I'm with you on this. It would not surprise me if he ends up as a better 1B option than Duda or Davis.
   14. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: January 18, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4641666)
(3) And there you have it -- John Lannan. A guy who sucked even when people thought he was good, and now everyone knows he sucks.
   15. Benji Posted: January 18, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4641669)
Sure he's the closer. Vic Black has poor command and throws like Henry Owens, who blew up his arm and shoulder. Parnell is one of the few credible players on the team.
   16. Lassus Posted: January 18, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4641675)
Parnell is one of the few credible players on the team.

Because, thanks to you, we don't have Daniel Herrera any more.
   17. JE (Jason) Posted: January 18, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4641699)
Anyone who has to say I am the closer is no true closer

At least Parnell wasn't hiding under Casterly Rock.
   18. bobm Posted: January 18, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4641705)
FTFA:

''In my head I feel like I'm still the closer. I'm going to go along with that until told otherwise,'' Parnell said during a conference call Thursday.


For some reason, this reminded me of the "Last Jew of Afghanistan."

Death ends Kabul feud of last 2 at synagogue
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005

KABUL — The caretaker of Afghanistan's only functioning synagogue and one of the last remaining Jews in Kabul has died. But the man now believed to be the sole survivor of this once-thriving Jewish community, who feuded bitterly for years with the deceased, said he was not sad to see him go.

Ishaq Levin, about 80, died, apparently of natural causes, about a week ago in his quarters in the small synagogue in the Afghan capital, according to his 45-year-old Jewish neighbor, Zebulon Simentov.

The two lived for years in quarters at separate ends of the same synagogue.

"He was a very bad man who tried to get me killed," Simentov said on Tuesday, grinning as he warmed his feet on a diesel-burning stove in his run-down living room. "Now I am the Jew here; I am the boss." [Emphasis added]


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/26/world/asia/26iht-afghan.html

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