NY Daily News, Bobby Parnell has emerged as a very strong front runner to earn a one of the final spots in the Mets bullpen, and the team sees the only true competition between relievers as Miguel Batista versus D.J. Carrasco —with Batista holding an advantage, and Carrasco a candidate to be traded, according to two Mets officials.
Parnell has one remaining minor league option, so the Mets could easily send him to Triple-A. But according to one of the officials, “Bobby would really have to mess up (during spring training) to not make it. He has big-league stuff.”
Carrasco is owed $1.2 million in 2012, in the second season of a two-year contract. The right-hander posted a 6.02 ERA last season, but the Mets, hoping that 2012 was an aberration, decided to bring him to camp this year.
One official said the team has discussed whether Miami could be a fit for Carrasco, because the pitcher enjoyed success while playing for then-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen in 2008-2009. A third team source mentioned that Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto traded for Carrasco while serving as interim GM of Arizona in 2010, and might be convinced to do so again.
Assuming Parnell and Batista make the team, the Mets Opening Day bullpen would be: Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Byrdak, Acosta, Parnell and Batista.
Pedro Beato, last year’s Rule 5 draft choice, is expected to begin the year in Triple-A Buffalo.