NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bobby Parnell knows he could be trade bait — no matter how unlikely a deadline deal appears for the New York Mets.
When the dust settles Wednesday, the bearded closer hopes to still have a locker in Flushing.
“This is my home,” Parnell told the New York Daily News. “I got drafted by them, I have been here since ’08. Citi Field is my home. This is my team. I thoroughly enjoy playing here. I feel the direction of the team is awesome and I want to be a part of that.”
The 28-year-old right-hander has stepped up in the absence of the injured Frank Francisco, posting a 2.16 ERA with 22 saves in 49 appearances.
The Mets reportedly want a top prospect for Parnell, who won’t become a free agent until 2016.
“I feel like every year, there is something being said about it,” Parnell said of the trade rumors. “It’s an awesome feeling. If you are being considered for a trade, obviously you’ve done something right. The other aspect is that I haven’t been traded yet, so the Mets like me being here.”
Meanwhile, the Mets aren’t likely to deal resurgent outfielder Marlon Byrd before the 4 p.m. deadline, according to Newsday.
The Mets “could land a midlevel prospect” for the 35-year-old, Newsday reported
New York picked Byrd off the scrap heap, handing him a one-year deal, and he’s returned the favor by hitting .282 with 17 home runs and 60 RBIs.
“We owe our fans some competition, too,” Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.
“We’re trying to win games here,” he added. “We’re not just throwing the season away.”
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