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Mets could get best return for closer Addison Reed

By Emmanuel Pepis
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 30: Addison Reed
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 30: Addison Reed /

Addison Reed is generating the most interest and will provide the best return in any trade, but will the Mets deal him?

Reed featured prominently in the back half of the Mets’ series against St. Louis. He earned a four-out save on Wednesday and followed by pitching a scoreless top of the ninth ahead of the Mets’ walk-off win Thursday.

That comes amid heightening rumors and an article about the amount of interest Reed is garnering around the league. The 28-year old has thrived in the closer’s role for the Mets, converting on 16-of-18 save opportunities. Reed got off to a shaky start in his 2017 campaign, but has been automatic over the last two months.

Reed’s scoreless inning on Thursday marked the seventh straight relief appearance without conceding a run. If you go back further, Reed has only surrendered two runs since May 29. His control has also been pinpoint. Since the beginning of June, Reed has thrown 72.4 percent of his pitches (254 total) for strikes.

There are several teams out there looking for bullpen help. Just to name a few: Boston, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, and Minnesota are contenders who could be in on Reed. Even though he would be a rental in a contract year, Reed could still command the best return of anybody firmly on the market for the Mets.

Reed’s tenure with the Mets has been a blessing. He was an automatic setup man for Jeurys Familia at the end of 2015 and throughout 2016. When Familia was suspended and later injured, Reed took the closer’s spot and ran with it after a shaky April. Reed has an ERA of 2.01 in 141 career games as a Met. His hit and walk ratios have declined while his strikeout numbers have seen an uptick.

The question is will the Mets want to let Reed go? Would they have the idea of re-signing him in the off-season? This year has almost certainly increased Reed’s value once he does hit the market as a free agent. He racked up saves in volume (101 total) during that three-year stretch with the White Sox and Diamondbacks. He also blew 18 saves in that span from 2012-14. This season, Reed has shown the ability to be a more automatic closer.

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There are a few factors in play, but the Mets also have a top heavy farm system. They can benefit from getting a solid haul back for Reed especially considering most of their other trade chips won’t carry the same value.