Dodgers Showing Interest in Trading for Mets Reliever Bobby Parnell

Dan ValisCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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According to Jon Heyman of, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the market for a quality late-inning reliever, and are showing interest in the Mets Bobby Parnell, as well as the Indians Chris Perez and the Pirates Joel Hanrahan.

Mets fans have a love-hate relationship with the flame-throwing right-hander. One minute he can blow a 100 MPH heater by you, and on the next pitch he will grove one down the pipe that lands in the stands. 

Parnell has been a model of inconsistency so far during his young career. He has shown flashes of brilliance and dominance, but has also been very erratic. He struggled with his control early on in his career, frequently bouncing his breaking ball in the dirt.

During his first three seasons, Parnell's average WHIP was 1.51, leading to a lot of big innings against him. But, as the 2013 season began, Mets fans started to see this young promising player finally put it together.

Parnell struggled a little bit out of the gate, allowing five of his first eight inherited base runners to score. However, he recovered quickly and showed the improvements he made. Instead of dialing it up to triple digits on every pitch, he would take something off to make sure he hit his spot. He had more control over his sharp breaking ball, resulting in his lowest walk total of his career. Parnell had career highs in holds with 18, an ERA of 2.49 and a WHIP of just 1.24.

Bobby Parnell has arrived.

The Mets should not even consider trading him unless it is to acquire a young talented starting pitcher or hitter. The Dodgers have been dangling Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang to teams in the market for starting pitching. The Mets have a need for a starter now that they have traded R.A. Dickey, but GM Sandy Alderson is not going to deal a young power arm for a mediocre veteran.

The Mets should pass on the Dodgers interest in Parnell, unless they are willing to part with a young piece that the Mets could use to add to the foundation.