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Jose Valverde will serve as the team's closer, in place of Bobby Parnell, Terry Collins told reporters before Wednesday's game.

He said he would simply mix and match the rest of the roles in his bullpen, including his "set-up guy."

The Mets signed Valverde to a minor-league deal this past winter.

Valverde looked great on Monday, which is all the more important considering Tuesday’s depressing news about Parnell. He retired all four batters he faced, while striking out three. He also got out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, which was followed by his legendary, colorful swinging fist pump as he leaped off the field. ... The moral of Valverde’s story during his final year in Detroit, according to his former manager Jim Leyland, is this... >> Read more from March 31 on MetsBlog

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