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Will the Mets Seek a New Closer?

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 03:  Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 8-7.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Since trading Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers at the All-Star break, the Mets haven't had much success with closers. Jason Isringhausen has given way to Manny Acosta and hopeful heir Bobby Parnell, neither of whom have been the greatest. Parnell, for his part, can throw the ball hard as sin, but just hasn't gotten it done over his month or two on the mound, recording five saves but blowing another five opportunities. Meanwhile, a number of big-name closers will be free agents this off-season, while a few individuals within the Mets' system might make viable candidates. So, will the Mets search for a new closer?

Asked if Parnell's struggles crystallize the need to seek external help, GM Sandy Alderson dryly said: "I'll let you speculate about that."

Said pitching coach Dan Warthen, rather directly: "I think alternatives will be certainly discussed." 

So, uh, yes. Yes they will. [ESPN]

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