The Mets will not shop Bobby Parnell at the deadline

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The Mets aren’t contending and Bobby Parnell has been outstanding, posting a 2.83 ERA with nine saves in 23 games. That’s usually a recipe for a trade, with a contender striking a deal for a closer who has very few wins to close.

Not this year, though, reports Andy Martino of the Daily News:

According to a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking, GM Sandy Alderson considers Parnell a valuable piece for next year, rather than an opportunity to capitalize on a contender’s need.

Why? Go read Martino’s piece to see how GM Sandy Alderson’s approach has changed this season and where his focus is.

Without giving it away, I’ll say that while holding onto Parnell may or may not make sense, the larger team-building idea Martino ascribes to Alderson — one in which he may seek to buy certain types of players at the deadline rather than sell them — makes a lot of sense to me. We’re past the point where one can simply go out and buy a big free agent that may help a team for several years, at least on any kind of contract that makes sense.