Somewhat of a sleeper pick, Addison Reed didn’t appear in a major league game at all in 2019. His long layoff could have the Mets and other teams thinking differently about even giving him a shot. At just 31 next year, he’s a candidate to head to Port Lucie with in February.
Reed last pitched for the Mets in 2017 when he took over the closer role. He went 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 49 innings pitched. In his two prior seasons in New York, he had ERAs of 1.17 and 1.97. The former came in 15.1 innings after the Mets landed him in a 2015 trade deadline deal.
Reed is a younger reliever whose best days came as a member of the Mets not that long ago. Assuming his thumb injury has healed, why not take a chance on him in Spring Training?
During his most recent big-league season, Reed saw action with the Minnesota Twins. His 2018 season went badly, ending with a 1-6 record and 4.50 ERA. His strikeout numbers dipped by more than two per nine less than his career average. Hitters also seemed to figure him out, averaging 10.4 hits per nine frames.
The Mets won’t find a bullpen savior in Reed. However, as someone who can take the same role Brad Brach did in 2019, I like the idea of this reunion. Age is not a factor here. And as we’ve seen with other athletes, sometimes a year off can actually get them fresher when they do return.
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