Projected Role in 2017
Without a doubt, the back end of the Mets bullpen is their strong suit.
Even with Familia’s postseason struggles, it’s great to have a closer reach over 50 saves during a regular season. It’s even better that their setup man set a franchise record in holds, leading up to their closer. But with a suspension likely coming to Familia, the ball might be given to Reed in the meantime.
With past closer experience, and being the best reliever on the roster with the exception of Familia, Reed will have to be able to translate his 8th innings into 9th innings. While it’s a different role, his recent success should help with the conversion, if needed.
If a suspension is handed out to Familia, look for a committee of closers to be used if Reed struggles in that position.