Addison Reed served as Mets' closer during Jeurys Familia's suspension but later was traded to Boston and subsequently served as part of the bridge to elite stopper Craig Kimbrel. Reed, who boasts 125 career saves, has rejuvenated his strikeout punch and sparkling walk rate in the last two seasons (combined 2.40 ERA, 9.8 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 across 153.2 innings). In that window, the 29-year-old ranks third among relievers with a 68.9 first-pitch-strike percentage, which helps his efficiency. The right-hander slipped with big flies last year, though, posting his highest flyball (41.3 percent) and HR/FB (12.5) rates since his ugly 2014. The move to Minnesota in the offseason should help mask that flaw, and he may only be a few poor Fernando Rodney appearances away from taking over the closer role.
Reed signed a two-year contract with the Twins on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Rosenthal added that Reed will receive slightly under $17 million over the two years. He will slide right into a late-inning role for the Twins, possibly the closer role. During the 2017 season split between the Mets and Red Sox, Reed posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 76 innings. His 76:15 K:BB was phenomenal, but he did have some trouble with the long ball, as he compiled a 1.3 HR/9 after two straight seasons where he gave up one home run per 18 innings.
Reed pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Friday's 4-1 win over the Yankees. Reed has been quite effective over the past two-plus weeks, having allowed one run (0.93 ERA) while striking out 11 over 9.2 innings. Included in that run are five holds and 4.1 scoreless innings against the Yankees, Boston's closest pursuer in the AL East. Reed's stabilized what has been at times an unsettled setup group.
Reed (1-3) allowed four runs on two hits and a walk while not recording an out in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Yankees. Reed was entrusted with a 3-0 lead, but hit the first batter he faced -- the first batter he's hit since 2014 -- before allowing a home run, a single and a walk. That's all manager John Farrell needed, as he pulled him in favor of Joe Kelly, who wasn't much better. Boston's bullpen has been good all season and more so since the All-Star break, but Friday's meltdown was a gut-punch loss. It turned a potential 5.5-game lead in the AL East to 3.5 while giving the Yankees confidence heading into Saturday's game. Farrell needs to find consistent late-game roles from the mix of Reed, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly and Brandon Workman.
Reed struck out two and gave up a hit in a scoreless inning of relief in Friday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the White Sox. Reed was the first of five relievers to throw scoreless innings, holding Chicago in check until Mitch Moreland's walkoff home run in the 11th inning. When the Red Sox acquired Reed, it was thought he would be the eighth-inning setup man, but he's entered his last two games to start the seventh inning. Manager John Farrell told Tim Britton of the Providence Journal after Thursday's game that he'll use Reed anywhere from the seventh inning or later.
Reed passed his physical Monday and was officially traded to the Red Sox in exchange for minor-leaguers Stephen Nogosek, Jamie Callahan and Gerson Bautista, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Reed will finish out the season in Boston's bullpen, and while he won't be in line for any saves in his new role, his 2.57 ERA. 8.8 K/9 and 1.1 BB/9 across 49 innings this season still make him a viable fantasy option, especially in leagues that count holds. As for the Mets, they'll turn to A.J. Ramos as their new closer for the time being.