New York Mets
"His last 11 outings, he didn't give up anything," Warthen said, referring to Parnell in 2012. "I thought his maturity changed. I thought he and [Jon] Niese both had breakout years last year. And I think he's there. I think he's ready to close."
That does not mean the Mets are yet resigned to Francisco -- who has continued elbow inflammation -- landing on the disabled list to open the season.
"Correct," Warthen said.
Read Monday's full feature story on Parnell here.