Mets manager Terry Collins said on WFAN on Tuesday that he wants Bobby Parnell to be the team's closer.
Collins admitted that he hasn't even spoken to Parnell about the situation, but that's the way he plans to go now that Frank Francisco has been shut down due to elbow inflammation. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Collins is looking at Parnell as a contingency plan, so it's possible that Francisco will get the role back if he makes progress. Parnell has struggled in sporadic save opportunities in the past, but he has a 2.98 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 over the past three seasons. He could emerge as a nice late-round sleeper in mixed fantasy leagues.