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Good Luck Addison Reed

By the end of August 2015, it was clear the Mets were going to the postseason.  With that in mind, the Mets needed to do something to address their bullpen – something that has been a theme of the Sandy Alderson Era.  The Mets did just that in August picking up both Eric O’Flaherty and Addison Reed.  Given the Mets lack of a LOOGY, it was believed O’Flaherty was the bigger pickup.  Boy was that wrong.

At the time Reed joined the Mets, he was having his worst season as a professional pitching to a 4.20 ERA with the Diamondbacks and having made a trip down to Triple-A.  Due to his relatively high salary, he was likely ticketed to be non-tendered in the offseason.  When the Mets obtained him, it was little more than a gamble for a pitcher with prior closing experience.  Certainly, Miller Diaz and Matt Koch were worth paying for the gamble.  As we know, that gamble paid off.

From the minute Reed put on a Mets uniform, it was like he was a completely different pitcher.  Seemingly, he found one of the remaining telephone booths in Queens, stripped out of his Diamondbacks uniform, and emerged as an elite MLB reliever.

To close out the year, he’d make 17 appearances going 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 1.043 WHIP, and a 10.0 K/9.  At a minimum, Reed locked down the seventh inning for a team hoping to make it to the World Series.  As we know, the Mets did, and Reed played his part.

Reed would appear in nine of the Mets 14 postseason games, and he would appear in all five World Series games.  Reed was reliable in those games allowing no runs in seven of those appearances and just one run in another.  That one run came in Game Two of the NLDS right after Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada‘s leg.

In the World Series, where three of the five games had been a battle of the bullpens, Reed had mostly done his job.  Through the first four games, he had allowed no runs and just one hit.  Unfortunately, with him being on fumes, he fell apart in Game Five of the World Series becoming the losing pitcher after allowing three runs in the 12th inning.

Reed would emerge from this heartache as possibly the best pitcher in the National League in 2016.  During the 2016 season, Reed made 80 appearances going 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA, a 0.940 WHIP, a 10.5 K/9, 209 ERA+, and a 1.98 FIP.  His 2.9 WAR that season was the highest among relievers.  In short, he was great out of the bullpen.  All year long he helped a team with little bullpen depth stay afloat, and when he last stepped off the mound in the Wild Card Game, the Mets still had a chance to advance to the NLDS.

This year, all he had to do was step in for Jeurys Familia and become the team’s closer.  Like he had done in his entire Mets career, Reed took on the role the Mets needed him to do, and he was great at it.  In what was his final stint with the Mets, Reed made 31 appearances going 1-2 with 19 saves, a 2.57 ERA, 1.122 WHIP, and an 8.8 K/9.

Since joining the Mets, Reed was one of the best relief pitchers in baseball.  He has pitched the fifth most innings (142.0) while maintaining a sterling 2.09 ERA.  He has fulfilled whatever role the Mets needed him to fulfill by going from 7th to 8th and finally to the 9th inning.  In that sense, Reed has become the rare pitcher in baseball.  He took on whatever role was asked of him, and he performed well in that role.

In essence, Reed was exactly what you want in a bullpen arm.  He was a guy who went out there and did whatever the team needed.  He was used frequently, and he was one of the few arms who was not burned out by Terry Collins during his Mets tenure.  He was a great reliever, and some would go so far as to say he was Raddison.

Reed is now a member of the Boston Red Sox.  He goes to a team in need of a reliever capable of setting up for Craig Kimbrel.  As we have seen during his Mets tenure, Reed can certainly do that.  He can also give Kimbrel the occasional day off.

In the end, Reed is where he belongs.  He is with a contender.  Hopefully, he gets that ring he feel agonizingly short of winning in 2015.  Hopefully, he will have the same success with the Red Sox he found with Mets.  Hopefully, with his being an impending free agent, Reed finds his way back to New York.

Even if he doesn’t, Reed was a good Met who twice helped pitch the Mets into the postseason.  Now, it is time to wish him well as he once again pursues October glory.  Here’s hoping he finds it this time.

8 thoughts on “Good Luck Addison Reed”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Well said. Good luck to Addison Reed. I was still a doubter last July for his delivery follow through looked violent and unstable to me, a layperson. He really was a stabilizing addition in 15′ – 16′ and a lifesaver in 17′. I do not know if the recent HRs are about trying to get to the top of the strike zone but his record and especially the stats look wonderful for a non closer role. As I said in another post Addison looks to be a sincere, grounded nice guy! Good luck… yes, bring him back if his price is <$10m. He has been durable, he is relatively young and the more Met vets on the team next year, the better.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I wish him nothing but the best

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Hey, Joe Smith signed w Cleveland. He returns and maybe affordable as an option to the Mets next year…. as we remember Joe Smith was traded w Jason Vargas by the Mets for a proven closet in 2008…the Yankees again had quality prospects (like a spigot that DC, Chicago Cubs Red Sox etc always seem to have despite trades) to get control over Sonny Gray…. watch out Sonny of the right field fence, going from 18 HRs allowed in Oakland may translate much higher in Yankee Stadium…Arizona traded for an infielder elsewhere…..so it remains to be seen if (designated) Elgin, Cabrera, Reyes, Walker, Rivera, Grandy, Salas or Bruce will be traded before waiver wire trades are pursued in August…. yes, counting Duda and Reed we can potentially deduct ten of the twenty five players on the MLB roster who move on away from the Mets next year with a minimum of 3-6 of 8 position player starters of this year gone in 2018… Sandy and all of us is hoping for a healthy rotation, development of the last two #1 picks, Flexen tearing up AAA and Sandy is definitely stocking up on high quality A-AAA pitchers already profiled as relievers and plus Ramos…. Metsdaddy, I am looking forward to your posts on the 2018 FA CLASS….. Third Base, Right hand bats, speed, versatility, ability to play CF, the ne year deals or controllability..

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m still processing the FA posts.

      As per Smith, his mother has Huntington’s Disease. The trade brings him closer to her.

  3. Gothamist says:

    I am sure that Sandy is projecting his 40 man roster to avoid losses from Rule 5.
    So how many prospects can he absorb in these trades?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I know Callahan needs to be added to the 40 man. Not sure if the other two do

  4. Gothamist says:

    I am not crazy about A.J. Ramos’s optics. I hope he is moved in the off season.
    Why? …. his odometer looks high, he never had a high WAR (I do know the inputs of the calculations), his hits/innings pitched has increased lately and his WHIP is much higher (50% greater) than Addison Reed comparing if he is slotted for the eighth inning next year…

    … I say UNEQUIVOCALLY to pay $3.5 million more for Addison Reed!…
    If AJ wants to give up hits and walks as he completes innngs and games as a closer that is one thing….. but Familia to some scouts was overused by TC and even with TC now retired, effective November… my concern is that AJ will be pulled a lot in the eighth next year, not sllowed to finish his innings and Familia may have many more 4 or 5 out saves… Familia is not going to come in and blow away hitters, he at times comes in and sometimes needs a batter or two to find the plate and Familia gets mileage and added wear playing Winter Ball seemingly every year!… so I say do not underestimate the void of losing a sub 1.0 WHIP for the 8th … that has spoiled the Mets for 15/16/17 and the fans!!!!

    I welcome the counterpoints..,

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I like Ramos. He should not be the only move, and I’d love to see Reed return. I don’t think that’s going to happen

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