The Case For Keeping Bobby Parnell
Recently, a quick Google search of “Bobby Parnell trade” will bring you links to dozens of people calling for Parnell to be shopped for young outfield help, in particular Nick Castellanos of the Tigers. The cases for dealing Parnell usually include one or more of the following arguments; am I the only one who doesn’t really find any of these compelling?
Argument #1: Parnell is having an odd, fluky, career year and will never see this success again!
Yes, it’s true that Parnell struggled in the closer role in 2012 as well as 2011. It’s true that during those seasons he was 13/24 in save opportunities, a feeble 54.2% conversion rate. But what’s also true is this: if you’ve watched him pitch prior to this year and this year, he’s not the same pitcher. What’s also true is that in neither of those seasons was he the closer to begin the year (K-Rod was in 2011, Francisco in 2012).
Parnell is 14/17 so far in his first full season with the job, and has been...