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  1. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  2. Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde Mets

    Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…

  3. 2014 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can the Mets finish with 80 or more wins for the first time…

  4. Bobby Parnell faces hitters for first time since last July

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets closer Bobby Parnell faced hitters today for the first time since last July 30. Parnell, who had surgery last September to repair a herniated disk in his neck, threw batting practice against a group of teammates including Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Parnell has been bothered…

  5. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  6. The Mets are willing to spend to add a “closer type”

    Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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    The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but…

  7. Mets have been in touch with Fernando Rodney, hoping his price dropped

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have checked in with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney as well as many other relievers, hoping that prices had fallen “way down”. An executive Sherman spoke to said that he wouldn’t classify anything as “hot”. The Mets’ bullpen is comprised of a lot of…

  8. The Mets are talking to Fernando Rodney

    Jan 24, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    The Mets were reported to have pursued Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays and now they are reported to be talking to Fernando Rodney. Adam Rubin of ESPNNY has the report. This further suggests discomfort with handing the closer’s role to Bobby Parnell. Which makes one wonder why they let LaTroy Hawkins walk…

  9. The Mets outbid the Rays on Grant Balfour

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal hears this: Sources: #Mets made offer to Balfour that exceeded #Rays’ two-year, $12M bid. Balfour preferred to be closer to his home in Clearwater, Fl. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 23, 2014   The first impulse is to say “haha, Balfour wanted to play for a winner and the Mets don’t win and…

  10. Bobby Parnell: “In my head I feel like I’m still the closer”

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after a perfect inning of relief on July 30 and did not return, eventually undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. It was an unfortunate end to his first season as the team’s full-time closer, as he had a 2.16 ERA and 22…

  11. Bobby Parnell cleared for baseball activities

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell didn’t throw a pitch after July 30 last season due to a herniated disk which required surgery, but he appears on track to be ready for the start of 2014. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Parnell has been fully cleared for baseball activities and plans to report to…

  12. Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to one-year deal to serve as closer

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins

    LaTroy Hawkins had to settle for a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason, but he has found a new home as a closer just one year later. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies have signed Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, pending a physical. The Mets, Braves, and Indians…

  13. LaTroy Hawkins “likely” to return to Mets next season

    Nov 9, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins

    LaTroy Hawkins enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career as a member of the Mets in 2013 and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the veteran reliever is “likely” to return to the club for his age-41 season next year. The Mets are one of two teams who have…

  14. Bobby Parnell has lost 30 pounds

    Sep 25, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    When someone is reported to have lost this much weight in the spring it’s BSOHL material. But when someone loses this much weight at the end of the year following an injury it’s just scary: Terry Collins told reporters Bobby Parnell has lost 30 pounds since herniated disk ordeal began, but doctors believe he’ll be…

  15. LaTroy Hawkins plans to pitch next season at age 41

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:05 AM EDT

    LaTroy Hawkins

    On the same day he saved the 100th game of his career Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he definitely plans to continue pitching next season at age 41. And performance-wise there’s certainly no reason for him to call it quits, as Hawkins has thrown 68 innings with a…

  16. Mets closer Bobby Parnell needs neck surgery

    Sep 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who was shut down more than a month ago with a herniated disk in his neck, will undergo surgery at some point according to manager Terry Collins. Parnell tried to rest and rehab the injury and also got an epidural injection, but the problem remained. He fared well stepping into the…

  17. Mets closer Bobby Parnell shut down with herniated disc

    Aug 6, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Bobby Parnell has been one of the few bright spots for the Mets this season, saving 22 games with a 2.16 ERA in his first full year as closer, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck. Parnell hadn’t pitched since July 30 and Adam Rubin of ESPN…

  18. The Mets have nothing going on

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    For the second year in a row, the Mets are prepared to sit out the trade deadline, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, even as they seem well on their way to a fifth straight sub-.500 season. The Mets haven’t shown any interest in moving pieces like closer Bobby Parnell and second baseman…

  19. Pirates beat Mets in 11, earn 55th win

    Jul 12, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Between Pedro Alvarez‘s first-inning, two-run home run and Jordy Mercer‘s walk-off RBI single to center in the 11th, the Pirates couldn’t muster much offense against Mets starter Jeremy Hefner and the bullpen. Pirates starter Charlie Morton held the Mets down through five, but allowed an RBI single to David Wright in the sixth and a…

  20. Shaun Marcum shuts down White Sox to avoid 0-10 start

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    After nine straight losses to begin the season, the Mets’ Shaun Marcum blanked the White Sox for eight innings on Wednesday and picked up his first victory in a 3-0 game. Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save. Marcum was in danger of becoming the first pitcher since the Cardinals’ Anthony Reyes…

  21. The Mets will not shop Bobby Parnell at the deadline

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    The Mets aren’t contending and Bobby Parnell has been outstanding, posting a 2.83 ERA with nine saves in 23 games. That’s usually a recipe for a trade, with a contender striking a deal for a closer who has very few wins to close. Not this year, though, reports Andy Martino of the Daily News: According…

  22. Mets win four in a row over Yankees, sweep season series for first time ever

    May 30, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Dillon Gee AP

    The struggling Mets likely would have signed up for an even split this week against the crosstown Yankees, but they ended up taking all four games. Dillon Gee struck out a career-high 12 over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball tonight in a 3-1 victory over the Yankees. After taking both games at Citi Field…

  23. Mets rally late against the Braves to snap losing streak

    May 26, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    On ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, the Braves wasted a strong effort by starter Julio Teheran and a seventh-inning, go-ahead two-run home run by Dan Uggla to fall to the Mets 4-2. The Braves ended their eight-game winning streak and in so doing, also ended the Mets’ five-game losing streak. The two teams, still, are heading…

  24. Zack Cozart: the Matt Harvey tamer

    May 22, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Superman has kryptonite. Matt Harvey has Zack Cozart. Despite being a nearly unhittable pitcher this year, the Reds’ Cozart got four hits off Harvey today en route to a 4 for 5, two-double performance. Overall Harvey had his worst outing of the season, allowing four runs on nine hits in six and a third. One…

  25. UPDATE: Frank Francisco diagnosed with mild flexor pronator strain

    May 13, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It turns out it wasn’t all good news for Francisco. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Rubin that the veteran reliever was actually diagnosed with a mild strain of the flexor pronator in his right elbow. Either way, he’s going to rest for 72 hours before attempting to throw again. 6:32 PM: Frank…

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