Bobby Parnell, Mets avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that right-hander Bobby Parnell and the Mets have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Parnell made just one appearance last season before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. He was paid $3.7 million in 2014 and Rubin says he’ll receive the same salary for 2015, which is more or less how the arbitration process tends to work for injured players.

Parnell was a very effective reliever from 2010-2013, throwing 213 innings with a 2.79 ERA and 202/67 K/BB ratio while serving as the Mets’ closer for a stint.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.