Mets acquire Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks
The Mets have a serious need to fill in middle relief, as they continue to have failure after failure ahead of Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
The Mets have at least made an effort to shore up the right side of those bullpen problems, acquiring RHP Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks, the team announced on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks will receive B-Mets RHP Matt Koch and St. Lucie Mets RHP Miller Diaz.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Reed, the Mets recalled Wilfredo Tovar from Triple-A Las Vegas, and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
To make room on the active roster for Reed, the Mets optioned Logan Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Reed will be active on Monday.
Koch, 24, went 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 35 appearances and eight starts for the B-Mets in 2015.
Diaz, 23, went 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 appearances and 21 starts for St. Lucie in 2015.
Reed, 26, has had an up and down season for Arizona in 2015, going 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA with 14 walks and 34 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings over 38 relief appearances in 2015.
Reed has struggled against right-handed hitters this season, lighting him up for a .310 average with an .839 OPS. He has been reasonably better against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .242 average with a .679 OPS. He is a groundball specialist who has done a good job keeping the ball in the park this season, allowing only two home runs in those 40 2/3 innings.
Prior to this season, he served as the White Sox closer in 2012 and 2013 and the Diamondbacks closer in 2014, racking up 101 saves in those three seasons.
He figures to be better in a pitcher-friendly environment such as Citi Field, although he has a modestly below average park adjusted ERA this season, and was well below average in that department in 2014. He does have closing experience, but he’s going to clearly be a guy who gets the ball to Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning for now. But Reed has had a stellar second half to date, posting a 1.65 ERA in 13 relief appearances since the All-Star break, so this is a really good gamble for the Mets to take.
It certainly can’t be any worse for the Mets in that part of the game.
Reed is making $4.875 million in 2015. He is under team control through the 2017 season.