The Mets are going to be sellers this trade deadline, and a new possible trading partner has emerged from the west coast
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten in touch with the Mets about a possible deal involving closer Addison Reed. The National League West-leading Dodgers already have one of, if not, the best closer in the game in Kenley Jansen, so the interest for Reed would likely be for him to fill in his 2016-style role as a set-up man.
As it’s been discussed before, Reed is the best trade chip the Mets have, so they’re going to look to maximize their return for the 28-year-old closer.
The Dodgers are blowing away the rest of the National League this season, and they’re looking to get even better by fortifying an already strong pen. The question for the Mets will obviously be who they’re willing to give up to acquire Reed as basically a rental for the last two months of the season.
While the Dodgers may be willing to play ball and give up some good farm system names to strength the one small “weak” part of their roster, they may not be giving up as much as other teams would be willing to that are in similar spots.
After all — as mentioned above — they do have a closer already, and their bullpen does have some good arms in it, so they’re not as desperate as say the Diamondbacks whose closer (Fernando Rodney) has an ERA over 5.00.
The Mets will, and should, listen to whatever the Dodgers offer. If there’s one thing I fully have confidence in, it’s Mets general manager Sandy Alderson getting the best deal out there for the players he has on the roster. Wherever Reed ends up going, we can be almost sure the Mets will get something good back.