CHICAGO -- Manager Terry Collins said he'll never go to general manager Sandy Alderson and ask him to obtain a specific player.
After losing two games in a row, Collins said Alderson approached him and told the Mets' manager that he'd provide the team with the best left-handed pitcher available, Justin Hampson from Triple-A.
"I've got guys in that clubhouse that I believe in and trust and think there's a place for each and every one of them," Collins said. "[Alderson] is well aware of what's going on here, he knows what our needs are, and either we have the ability to get him or we don't."
Collins said he used to ask general managers to get players and the asking price would usually be too high, which leads to disappointments.
"One of the things I've tried to do is not worry about that anymore, and worry about what I do have and how we can use that to be successful," Collins said.
With closer Frank Francisco sidelined with a left oblique strain, Collins has confidence reliever Bobby Parnell can do the job. He said Parnell is better suited to be a closer after the reliever blew multiple saves in early September last year.
"He had some ups and he had some downs and he's learned how to deal with them all, and he's come back better," Collins said. "This is his chance to show what he's learned."