Originally written July 19, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Disclaimer: I am not necessarily in favor of trading Bobby Parnell, but since there’s a recent post for the opposite side of this argument, I figured I could play a little devil’s advocate. Bobby Parnell is arguably one of the hottest names on the back-end relief market right now. He hasn’t allowed a home run all year, his WHIP is under 1.00, and his ERA sits at 2.30 with 17 saves. In his first full year as the Mets closer, Parnell has more than lived up to the task, despite what his 5-4 record might say. Proficient late-inning relievers are always a hot commodity in the second half of July because contending teams could always use an extra arm, for the 7th, 8th, or even 9th inning. Very few people seriously think that the Mets will trade Parnell, but here are a few reasons as to why it might be a good move. His Age If Bobby Parnell were a few years younger, then there would be no conversation. However, he’s 28, turning 29 in September, having his career year. Typically, this age ra...
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