The Mets have moved their biggest trade chip this season, and have sent reliever Addison Reed to the Boston Red Sox.
Going into the trade deadline, the Mets were expected to be one of the biggest movers weekend. While they’ve made a couple of big moves (sending Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays, and acquiring AJ Ramos from the Marlins), there were still some big names on the Mets roster heading into the final day.
The big name the team really wanted to be able to move has been Addison Reed. His dominance the last two seasons in Queens has made him extremely attractive to other teams looking for bullpen help as the summer unwinds.
The latest rumors had as many as five teams looking to the Mets for Reed’s services. Cleveland was reportedly in the mix as well, but with Boston winning out, it’s obvious the Mets got a little bidding war started for their prized relief pitcher.
This season, Reed started out slow, but quickly regained his 2016 self, and has been one of the most consistent closers in the game. His 2.57 ERA is higher than last year’s 1.97, but his numbers the last two months have been some of the best he’s posted. In June, his ERA was 1.42, and this month, it’s stayed around the 2-mark throughout his appearances.
As far as the return from the Red Sox go, reports are coming in that the Mets will get three pitching prospects.
According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, one of them is Gerson Bautista – a high-level single-A right-hander, and another is Jamie Callahan – a right-hander that’s currently pitching for Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket.
Another name floating as a possible return for the Mets is 22-year-old Stephen Nogosek who is also pitching in high-A ball this season.
Neither club has officially confirmed the deal.