Pop quiz: In 2016, who led the majors in holds with 40, 10 more than his closest competitor? Of course, we wouldn't be asking if it wasn't Addison Reed. Acquired by the Mets from the Diamondbacks at the 2015 trade deadline, Reed picked up where he left off the previous year, turning into one of the best setup relievers in the league. Central to his success was the return of a double-digit strikeout rate in tandem with the lowest walk rate of his career. His velocity has been remarkably consistent the last four seasons, but his control improved markedly after altering his mechanics while with Arizona. Reed features a deceptive four-seam fastball, mixing in a slider a quarter of the time to induce grounders. Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who led the majors in saves last year, was suspended 15 games for his offseason domestic assault charges that were eventually dropped. Reed will see save chances while Familia is away, and even when he returns to setup work, Reed's strikeouts and ratios should prove useful in many deep leagues that don't count holds.
General manager Sandy Alderson did not give Reed's teammate, closer Jeurys Familia, a vote of confidence when asked about the bullpen on Saturday, Newsday's David Lennon reports. "As of right now do we have a closer? You tell me," Alderson said. Familia has allowed just one run in four innings since returning from his suspension, but he has also allowed 10 baserunners over that span (four hits, six walks), prompting Alderson's displeased comment regarding the state of the ninth inning. Reed was already worth owning in deeper mixed leagues for his ratios, strikeouts and the fact that he would be next in line if Familia got hurt, but now it seems like there is a legitimate chance that Reed could assume the role based on merit if Familia's performance does not improve.
Reed gave up a run on one hit with a pair of strikeouts en route to his fourth save of the year Wednesday against the Phillies. Reed didn't get rattled by the one-out triple Freddy Galvis hit off him; he had a two-run lead, and he protected it even though Galvis came home on a sacrifice fly. Reed has done a good job in Jeurys Familia's place, but the Mets' typical closer will be back from his suspension Thursday. That'll presumably push Reed back to eighth-inning duties, but it's worth holding onto him for a few extra days just to make sure that's indeed manager Terry Collins' plan.
Reed will not be available out of the bullpen for Friday's game against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Fernando Salas will serve as the Mets' closer if needed Friday with Reed, Hansel Robles, and Josh Smoker all sitting out after tossing multiple innings in the series opener. Reed should reclaim his closer duties as soon as Saturday, but it's also worth noting that regular closer Jeurys Familia is nearing his return from suspension.
Reed worked around a single and struck a batter out in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Phillies for his third save. The 28-year-old righty has done well as the Mets' closer in Jeurys Familia's absence, and he still has almost another week of ninth-inning duties ahead of him. Enjoy the saves while they last, but Reed will retain some fantasy value as a source of strikeouts and ratios even as a setup guy.
Reed gave up a solo homer and a single Monday against the Phillies, but he also recorded two strikeouts en route to his second save. These were Reed's first baserunners in four appearances, and with a 6:0 K:BB to his credit, he's looking just as strong as he did last year. Unfortunately, Reed won't be the Mets' closer for much longer, as Jeurys Familia is scheduled to return from his suspension April 20. His owners can only hope that Reed gets the chance to finish off a few more games before he returns to eighth-inning duty.
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