The New York Mets' closer for roughly a month and a half last season, Bobby Parnell, certainly had his well-documented share of struggles trying to replace former closer Francisco Rodriguez who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in July.
The closer position will actually be one of GM Sandy Alderson's most important to fill this offseason, due to the lack of a strong in-organization candidate as of right now.
Parnell was the guy for the job but had performed so poorly as the closer towards the end of the season that it still isn't his job to have.
Alderson will most definitely have to look for an out-of-organization closer to fill the gap left by the K-Rod trade. It's good news for Alderson that this year's free-agent closer crop is much deeper than in year's past.
Lets take a look at some of the top candidates.