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Monday, April 21, 2014
Who is Mets' best young closing option?

By Adam Rubin

Getty ImagesKyle Farnsworth has replaced Jose Valverde as closer, but that's only a short-term fix.
NEW YORK -- Kyle Farnsworth will handle the closing duties in the short term with Jose Valverde having been deposed from the role. But clearly Farnworth is not the long-term answer. So unless the Mets sign free-agent Joel Hanrahan, who auditioned for clubs last week as he returns from Tommy John surgery, who is most equipped to handle the Mets' closing? asked scouts assigned to the Mets: Which young pitcher in the organization would be the best choice to close if the Mets needed someone in the next few months? The options presented were Gonzalez Germen, Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, Jeff Walters or someone else.

Scout 1: "Familia may be the best choice. He's already there, with a power arm. Control is the question mark. I don't like to move a starter into that role without experience in the pen."

Scout 2: "I'd go with deGrom (2-0, 1.57 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Las Vegas). I think he has the mentality to at least give it a chance. He's the closest thing to a closer of all of them for me. Not even Familia. And definitely not Montero. He's a starter."

Scout 3: "Mejia is the best of that bunch from what I have seen, but none of the above is more appropriate."