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New York Mets Free Agency: 5 Potential Closers for 2012
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Bobby Parnell is not the answer in the 9th for 2012

Sandy Alderson went on the air in the middle of a telecast a few weeks ago and basically stated the Mets are facing plenty of issues for a closer next year. For all of those who held on to the belief that Bobby Parnell is the man for the future, now's the time to let go.

The Mets will not be looking to fill this void for the next 10 years in one signing this offseason, though. The team has several outstanding and young options to take the reigns of closer in the ninth inning for the next several years. They just need someone to handle it for the next year or two.

They have players like Dale Thayer, Rhiner Cruz, Josh Edgin, Nick Carr, Ryan Fraser and Jack Leathersich all coming up in the system in the next year to three years. 

The Mets have options for the long-term. It's the short-term that they really have a problem with. After looking at the list of potential free agents and available veteran closers, I see five players that jump out at me. I must specify that this list is in no particular order.

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