As per multiple reports, the Mets kicked off the July 31st trade deadline by trading closer Addison Reed to the Red Sox in exchange for Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek, 3 minor league pitching prospects. Whether these prospects amount to anything remains to be seen.
But, questions emerged when the Mets acquired Marlins closer AJ Ramos in exchange for 2 minor league prospects, as to why they’re trading Reed, who has been a great Met, yet acquiring another closer. Is the team rebuilding or what?
Well, Reed is in a contract year, and the Mets do not appear to be headed to the playoffs this year, so they decided to pull the trigger and get something for Reed. Ramos on the other hand, is under team control for next year, and will provide some stability to a Mets bullpen that has been their weak link all year in 2017.
But, this may not be the last we’ve seen of Addison Reed, who very likely could just be a rental for the Red Sox. At just age 28, Reed has revitalized his career as a Met, after the team claimed him off waivers late in the 2015 season. He had numerous roles during his tenure as a Met, being their 7th inning man in 2015, then taking the role as their setup man in 2016, being one of the best setup men in the game. Then in 2017, with legal troubles and injuries to the team’s closer Jeruys Familia, Reed filled in at closer just fine. During his tenure as a Met, Reed posted an outstanding 2.09 ERA, and had turned himself into one of the best relievers in baseball.
So, the Mets needs for this offseason will be headlined by bullpen pitching. The team will have a solid backend now with AJ Ramos and Jeruys Familia, but the bullpen will still need more depth. Maybe, the Mets will be in play for Reed during free agency, as he would give this bullpen a huge jump. Reed is going to get a nice pay day, as long as he finishes strong with the Red Sox. He may be worth it to pay the big bucks, as he is still in the prime of his career, and he continues to get better. So, if you’re in the Mets shoes, they may have to take a shot at bringing him back, as he proved he can be a force for the team. Their bullpen would look pretty nice next year with Reed, Ramos, Familia, and Blevins.
So, why did the Mets trade Addison Reed? Well, they might have done this as a precautionary, just to at least get something for Reed in case he walks in free agency. General managers don’t like to let free agents walk, especially when they’re not in playoff contention. But, maybe the Mets will pull off what the Yankees did with Aroldis Chapman last year, and resign him after trading him. Keep an eye on this Mets fans, as I would not rule this out. Reed seemed to like New York, and who wouldn’t if they succeed? It’s just crazy how the Mets traded Reed today, and now I’m talking about how they can reacquire him in the offseason. But, baseball’s a funny game, and sometimes that’s how it works.
All stats via Baseball Reference.