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Mets, Parnell avoid arbitration with $1.7M deal

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NEW YORK (AP) - Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell and the New York Mets have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million.

The deal was completed Thursday.

Parnell has been a key member of New York's bullpen the past few years. He led the team with 74 appearances last season, going 5-4 with a 2.49 ERA and seven saves. The hard-throwing righty had 61 strikeouts and 20 walks in 68 2-3 innings.

Parnell made $504,000 last season, when he fell just short in service time of being eligible for arbitration. He's been effective as a setup man, but hasn't been able to lock down the closer job despite several opportunities with the Mets.

A pair of New York players remain in arbitration: first baseman Ike Davis and second baseman Daniel Murphy.

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