The Mets should cut Bobby Parnell

Posted: October 29, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanindex

With the Mets already over their 2014 payroll with many notable arbitration raises expected, the Mets can save some coin by non-tendering former closer Bobby Parnell. The Mets shouldn’t even wait until the tender deadline and should cut the right-hander now to save a 40-man roster spot.

The Mets current plan is to tender Parnell a contract and then ease him back into the bullpen mix early in the regular season. MLB Trade Rumors projects Parnell to make around $3.7 million in his final year of arbitration. I think to give him that would be a mistake as a team without any financial flexibility shouldn’t be taking gambles on injured relievers.

Parnell is not expected to start the year on the 25-man roster as he continues his rehab from April Tommy John surgery. The Mets can’t afford to pay a reliever who won’t be the closer and won’t even be available to start the year $3.7 million.

Don’t forget Parnell also lost a good chunk of 2012 with a very serious neck injury.

Here is the full list of arbitration eligible Mets, courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors who do a fantastic job 365 days a year.

Bobby Parnell RP (5.132): $3.7MM projected salary

Daniel Murphy, 2B (5.109): $8.3MM

Eric Young Jr., OF (4.123): $2.3MM

Dana Eveland, RP (4.029): $1.0MM

Dillon Gee, SP (4.028): $5.1MM

Ruben Tejada, SS (3.171): $1.7MM

Lucas Duda, 1B (3.137): $4.3MM

Buddy Carlyle, RP (3.096): $1.0MM

Jenrry Mejia, RP (2.140, Super Two): $3.1MM

After he had his surgery in April I wrote about how Parnell likely played his last game as a Met. You can check out that article here. As of now the Mets plan on keeping Parnell. It is pretty crazy that 18 months ago we were talking about the Mets trading Parnell for a big time prospect and now I’m saying they should cut him.

Remember the Mets could always non-tender Parnell and bring him back on a minor league deal or even a guaranteed deal at a smaller base salary.

Can the Mets afford to keep Bobby Parnell?

  1. erik says:

    Won’t insurance pick up most of Parnell’s salary until he is ready to play again? IF it does, then it makes no sense to cut him.

    • Steven Inman says:

      Erik thanks for the comment. Insurance is very tricky in baseball but for the most part since this is a preexisting injury most likely Insurance wouldn’t cover it should Parnell miss 2015 while on the DL.

      The only situatiuation I can recall in recent memory where a team didn’t have to pay a salary due to injury was when Mark Teixera injured his wrist during the World Baseball Classic so the WBC payed it instead of the Yankees. Even in that scenario Insurance didn’t pay it.

      The Mets couldn’t get insurance for Parnell now anyway because he is already considered damaged goods. Very interesting take though thank you.

  2. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Parnell needs 3 things to be a legitimate MLB closer. He needs to demonstrate that he is 100% healed. He needs to demonstrate that his FB is still 95 mph or better. He needs to demonstrate that his knuckle curve is still effective. Anything short of all three means he is not worth keeping. If he has all three then the Mets should pay him and keep him. The Mets won’t know the answers here until they see how he performs in ST. Is he worth the gamble? If winning is the Mets #1 priority then “yes” he is worth the gamble. If winning is not the #1 priority then why bother to even ask the question? Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike this all sounds great but the issue is the Mets are going to be operating on a payroll of around 85-95 million once again. So if the Mets elect to keep Parnell and his salary that will be nearly $4 million in 2015, it means they will be losing someone else such as Daniel Murphy.

      The Mets could keep him until the Spring and only owe him a little less than a million if he doesn’t make the roster or go on the DL. It is a very interesting and under-discussed situation.
      Thanks for the comment Mike!

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