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Mets Rumors: The organization may trade Reed in package deal

By Emmanuel Pepis
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 12: Addison Reed
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 12: Addison Reed /
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Addison Reed is the Mets’ most valuable trade chip, but the Mets could take it a step further and add other players in a deal

The trade deadline is just four days away after Thursday and the New York Mets may be gearing in a slightly different direction. Addison Reed has been widely regarded as the most sought after piece firmly available. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, a source said the Mets are thinking about packaging Reed with other players.

We have already seen the Tampa Bay Rays were reportedly interested in Reed and Lucas Duda. The Rays did make a move to address their left-handed bullpen needs Thursday by acquiring Dan Jennings. If shop with Tampa Bay is closed there are still alternative options out there if the Mets want to explore a package deal by tying in Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, or Jay Bruce depending on which team is calling.

The rest of the Mets on expiring contracts are expected to bring back tepid returns. The market on Bruce is still soft despite the power numbers he’s displayed to date. Others are only going to bring back at best mid-level prospects. That excludes the wild cards of Wilmer Flores, T.J. Rivera, Jerry Blevins, and Seth Lugo who have all been mentioned in rumors.

There is precedent this trade season for what the Mets are reportedly thinking. The White Sox packaged their closer, David Robertson along with two other players and it netted a top 50 prospect (45th overall according to MLBPipeline) from the Yankees in Blake Rutherford.

Reed has handled the closer’s role very well, upping his value even more despite being a rental in a contract year. Outside of a couple of hiccups in his last two outings, Reed has been fantastic since a sluggish first month of the season.

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The thing that looks clearer on the surface is the Mets don’t look to go far beyond selling off their expiring contracts. The higher value on Reed combined with the less than stellar expected returns of others could pave the way for a larger deal in volume and a better return for a farm system that could stand to be replenished.

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