Mets aren't eager to deal Marlon Byrd or Bobby Parnell
PITTSBURGH - The Mets aren't eager to deal outfielder Marlon Byrd or closer Bobby Parnell, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday, though both figure to be attractive targets as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.
"We're not looking to move Marlon," Alderson said. "Obviously, we have our eye on the future but we want to be as good as we can be this year, as well. Now, if what we can get for the future exceeds the value of the present, we'd have to look at that. But we're not anxious to do it."
Byrd, 35, is hitting .267 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs during his exceptional first half. However, in a similar situation, Alderson held on to outfielder Scott Hairston before last season's deadline.
Parnell, 28, has racked up 16 saves in 41 appearances with an ERA of 2.36. He has flourished in his first full season as the team's closer in place of the injured Frank Francisco, who has done little to warrant the two-year $12-million deal he was awarded by the Mets.
"We've been looking for a closer for two years," Alderson said. "Looks like we've found one. Why would we want to give him away immediately? This is not a guy we're looking to move, either."
LaTroy Hawkins' heavy workload has left the reliever in need of some extra rest, though manager Terry Collins said the righthander is not a candidate for the disabled list. Hawkins has been dealing with tightness in his triceps.
"It's fatigue, nothing structural," Hawkins said. "Fatigue, that's a great word for it. If it were my elbow, shoulder, I'd be worried. It's not."
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