With the news that New York Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez is done for the year, it’s only logical to look at the candidates to replace him.

The Mets will have three potential candidates to close out games: Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano, and Hisanori Takahashi.

Knowing how manager Jerry Manuel operates, he will most likely try playing the matchups and go with a “closer by committee” approach. I absolutely hate this approach because it just never works, which is why I believe the Mets should go with Parnell as the closer.

Parnell has had a nice bounce-back year after his disastrous 2009 season. He has a 3.68 ERA, strikes out exactly one batter per inning, and averages over 95 mph on his fastball.

People desperate for a fantasy closer should pick up Parnell. He should get the first crack at closing games.

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