The $3.7-million contract includes a $50,000 bonus if the injured closer makes 60 appearances in 2015.
Young, who had been eligible for arbitration, batted .229 with 30 stolen bases in 100 games this year, when his salary was $1.85 million.
It seems like the Mets are determined to exhaust every possible option on their roster to find a closer. Jeurys Familia may be the next in line.
Parnell has elected to have reconstructive elbow surgery and is done for the season. With Parnell out, veteran Jose Valverde has taken over closing for the Mets.
The two weeks of rest sound like a smokescreen to me, and like so many other pitchers who have already fallen to elbow issues at this early stage of the season, I wouldn’t expect Parnell to take the mound for the Mets until 2015.
Only the most optimistic would call the Mets “star-crossed.” Given the way they started the season, the more realistic among us might downgrade that assessment to “train wreck.”
Already quite thin on experience in the bullpen, the Mets said Tuesday that closer Bobby Parnell has a partial ligament tear in his pitching elbow.
And I picked this team to win 84 games. Who am I kidding? Probably myself.
Starters Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon and closer Bobby Parnell pitched batting practice with fielders Thursday.
Bobby Parnell wasn’t supposed to do what he did on Friday, at least not yet. Yet there was the Mets’ closer throwing 10 pitches from the mound at the team’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell agreed Friday to a $3.7 million, one-year contract while second baseman Daniel Murphy settled for $5.7 million and left fielder Eric Young Jr. for $1.85 million.
The hard-throwing reliever didn’t pitch after July 30 and had surgery on September 10 to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He has been working out in Florida.
“In my head I feel like I’m still the closer. I’m going to go along with that until told otherwise,” he said during a conference call Thursday. “I feel healthy.”
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon made some bold comments about the future of his club on Tuesday. When addressing those comments, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that his boss’ remarks were “off the cuff.”
The Mets’ reliever helped subdue a troublesome passenger on a flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Santiago, Chile on Sunday night, according to his Instagram account.