You have certainly read reports that the Mets would need to be “overwhelmed” to trade Bobby Parnell (who Detroit and Boston have interest in) but what you may not have read is that they need to be equally “overwhelmed” to trade the thirty five year old rental, Marlon Byrd.
Parnell is only 28 and looks to have shaped into a fairly reliable closer. He’s got two controlled years on his contract and he’s got lots of value. When the Mets say they’d need to be overwhelmed they actually have something of significant value. So if the Red Sox offer Jackie Bradley Jr. or the Tigers offer Avisail Garcia, the Mets could say, “Yeah… no thanks.” They can say this because trading Parnell does leave them with problems for 2014 and beyond and neither Bradley Jr. nor Garcia are slam dunks to succeed in the majors.
Now… if the Mets were to be offered Xander Bogaerts or Nick Castellanos things might be different. Those guys are superior prospects and passing on them to hold on to a valuable cl