By: Paul DiSclafani
Mets have agreed in principal with the Arizona Diamondbacks to acquire right-handed reliever Addison Reed for two minor league prospects, pending an exchange of medical information.
Although the Mets have been mostly solid at the back-end of their bullpen with closer Jeurys Familia (34 out of 39 saves) and recently acquired Tyler Clippard becoming the primary set up man. However, the bullpen is still weak when it comes to handling left-handed batters.
After lefty specialist Jerry Blevins re-fractured his left forearm falling off a curb just before returning from his first stint on the DL, the Mets acquired Eric O’Flaherty to fill the role, but he has struggled big time. Reed has been very good against lefties, holding them to just a .242 BA and only 5 RBI compared to .310, 2 HR and 18 RBI against righties.
Reed cleared waivers earlier this month, allowing Sandy Alderson to work this deal.
The 26 year old Reed has given up just 3 runs since he returned to the big leagues on 7/29 from AAA in 13 appearances (16.1 innings) and walked just three against 15 strikeouts with a 1.65 ERA. Earlier in the year, Reed was struggling (5.92 ERA) before being sent down to the minors, blowing two of five save chances.
Starting his career with the Chicago White Sox, Reed recorded 69 saves in 2012 and 2013, then followed that up with 32 saves with Arizona in 2014.
Reed earns $4.875M for 2015 and will be eligible for his second season of salary arbitration in 2016.