According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets have avoided arbitration with closer Bobby Parnell, agreeing on a one year deal worth $3.7 million.
Parnell made $1.7 million in 2013. He’ll be arbitration eligible again after this season, and is set to become a free agent after the 2015 campaign.
The 29 year old Parnell missed the end of last season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk in his neck.
He has since been cleared for full baseball activities, and recently began throwing in Port St. Lucie. During a conference call yesterday with reporters, Parnell said that he sees no reason why he wouldn’t be ready to roll from the outset this season.
Parnell was tremendous in the closer role last season before the herniated disk ended his season prematurely.
He saved 22 of 26 games, but 3 of his blown saves were tied directly to defensive miscues that occurred behind him.
Last season was the first time that Parnell took hold of his late inning role, and both his mound demeanor and execution were superb.Hopefully Parnell can pick up right where he left off last season.