A lot has been said of late regarding the trade value of New York Mets’ closer Bobby Parnell. Considering the Mets-albeit playing good baseball of late-are not likely to contend for a playoff spot, it would be seem logical for them to dangle some of their expendable commodities.
However, is Parnell expendable?
General Manager Sandy Alderson has previously stated his intentions to keep Parnell, while rejecting overtures from other contending ball clubs. After all, a relief pitcher of Parnell’s caliber doesn’t grow on trees. Parnell is certainly pitching this year as if he’s not expendable.
Parnell is pitching lights out thus far, en route to having his best ever season with the Mets. In 40 games and 41 innings pitched, Parnell has 16 saves (out of 19 chances) to go along with a 2.41 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and .190 BAA. Parnell also has solid K (7.7 K/9) and BB (2.2 BB/9) rates while also factoring into nine decisions, as he has a 5-4 record. For a matter of reference, Jeremy Hefner has only four wins and Parnell is just one win behind Dillon Gee (six) and two wins behind Harvey (seven).
Teams like the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers—who need bullpen help stat—could perhaps, offer a sweet enough deal for Parnell. But until that time, Alderson should hold onto Parnell, as he will be a valued commodity when the Mets will be able to contend.
So, what’s good enough value for Parnell?
It’s hard to say, but according to some, the players who may be on the block from Boston and Detroit are Jackie Bradley Jr. and Avisail Garcia, collectively. While there is a lot of upside in Bradley and Garcia’s games, they may not be prospects the Mets want to bank on in exchange for Parnell.
These two players could be impact players down the line and their potential could be enticing enough for Alderson to consider a deal for Parnell.
However, neither Boston nor Detroit will be likely to shop their most coveted assets, even if they need bullpen help in the worst way. So, unless Alderson gets blown away at the deadline, he should keep Parnell and have him be part of the future core make-up of the Mets.