"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.