Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mets Morning News: Tejada's Fielding, Potential Signings, & Parnell AsCloser

Terry Collins believes the shuffling between second base and shortstop has led to Ruben Tejada's recent fielding woes. The manager, however, is not worried.
"I'm not worried about it. I've seen him and I think he's a very good defender," Collins said. "To be honest, even though he's played here for the last two weeks at shortstop, he hasn't been there all year, so I think it's an issue for sure."
According to Adam Rubin, the Mets intend to sign left-hander Gustavo Chacin who was released from the Houston Astros organization. Once he signs, he will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
Chacin, 30, appeared in 44 games in relief for the Houston Astros last season, producing a 4.70 ERA. He had been 3-6 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 appearances (nine appearances) this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before being released.
Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal wonders, "Is Bobby Parnell too normal to be a closer?"
If there's a potential pitfall for Parnell, though, it might be this: He is, by all indications, a normal guy who happens to be capable of throwing a baseball through a brick wall. Where closers are concerned, normal isn't in vogue. The modern ninth-inning man is now personified by the San Francisco Giants' Brian Wilson, arguably more recognizable for his ink-black beard and unorthodox sartorial habits than for his accomplishments on the field.

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