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Mets, Bobby Parnell agree at $1.7 million

Jan 17, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

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The Mets and Bobby Parnell avoided arbitration Thursday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

The 28-year-old Parnell was eligible for arbitration for the first time after just missing out on Super-Two eligibility last year. He won’t be a free agent until after the 2015 campaign.

Parnell finished last season with a 5-4 record, five saves and a 2.49 ERA in 68 2/3 innings. He struck out 61, walked 20 and allowed four homers.

The plan is for Parnell to open this year as a setup man, with Frank Francisco getting his closing job back despite a 5.53 ERA in 42 1/3 innings last season. Still, Parnell is at least as likely as Francisco to lead the Mets in saves.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    big time spenders.

  2. mtr75 - Jan 18, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    What’s the point in having a closer when your team is down 11-2 in the 5th?

    We need to bleed the Wilpoffs out of ownership. Don’t go to games this year if you love the Mets.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    ha funny shot

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