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, is expected to face discipline for his offseason domestic assault charges that were eventually dropped. If that winds up being a suspension, Reed could see at least a few weeks of save opportunities, which makes him one of the best setup stashes on draft day. Even if he remains in setup work, Reed's strikeouts would prove useful in many deep leagues that don't count holds.
Reed gave up one hit and struck out one in a shutout inning of relief during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. His spring ERA remains a bloated 10.13, but Reed has thrown three scoreless innings with a 5:0 K:BB since he corrected a flaw in his mechanics last weekend. In fact, all 20 pitches he's delivered in those three outings have been strikes. The 28-year-old is still expected to close for the Mets early in the season while Jeurys Familia serves a suspension, and Reed's ugly spring numbers could create an opportunity to land him at a bargain price.
Reed cited a delivery flaw as the reason for his struggles in an outing Friday in which he allowed six runs on six hits against Houston, the New York Daily News reports. Early Sunday morning, Reed was working with pitching coach Dan Warthen to stop the problem, which entailed Reed leaking toward first base. According to Warthen, the issue has been fixed. Reed also said he is ready to step into the closer role if needed if MLB suspends Jeurys Familia for his involvement in a domestic violence case in late October.
Reed got hammered for six runs on six hits, including home runs by A.J. Reed and Colin Moran, in two-thirds of an inning during Friday's split-squad game against the Astros. One of his two outs did come via strikeout, but there wasn't much to like about this outing for Reed. He hadn't fared much better in his previous spring appearances either, and he now sports an ugly 16.20 ERA and 2.40 WHIP through five Grapefruit League innings. The Mets will be looking for the 28-year-old to fill in at closer during Jeurys Familia's expected suspension, but if Reed can't turn things around over the next couple of weeks, the team may have to consider some other options for ninth-inning duty in April.
Reed agreed to a one-year, $7.75 million contract with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Reed revitalized his career in 2016 after a disappointing tenure in Arizona. He posted a 1.97 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 10.6 K/9 while leading the majors with 40 holds. Now 28, Reed is locked in as the Mets' top setup man -- he would be the obvious choice to step into the closer role should Jeurys Familia be suspended or get injured.
Reed tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win Sunday. Reed lowered his ERA to 1.88 on the year with the effort. Save for a blip Monday against the Yankees, Reed has been phenomenal out of the pen for the Mets. He benefitted from some poor baserunning by the Tigers in the eighth inning on Sunday and earned the win thanks to Neil Walker's ninth-inning home run.