Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
The Mets have used Bobby Parnell, Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth at closer this season, and the position is now up for grabs again following Farnsworth’s release. Manager Terry Collins said prior to Thursday’s game that if a save opportunity popped up that day, Jenrry Mejia would get the ball. There was no save to be had for the Mets against the Yanks Thursday, but you have to consider Mejia the favorite to work the ninth at this point. He’s not a good bet to stay healthy and has been shuffled back-and-forth between starting and relieving during his career, but Mejia certainly has the stuff to be an asset at closer.