Mets say farewell to the final leftover from the 2017 Addison Reed trade

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 11: Addison Reed
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 11: Addison Reed /

The 2017 trade deadline deal that sent Addison Reed from the New York Mets to the Boston Red Sox didn’t have much of an impact on any club. Recently, the Mets parted with the finally leftover from the trade.

Addison Reed’s time with the New York Mets in from late 2015 through early 2017 was one of the most successful stints by a relief pitcher in the last five years. Although his 2015 postseason had its bad moments, he was quite spectacular in the regular season.

In 142 innings for New York, Reed went 6-5 with a 2.09 ERA. He gave them a 1.17 ERA performance down the stretch in 2015 and a full season at 1.97 in 2016.

Reed’s time in Queens ended in mid-2017 when the team went into fire-sale mode. Seeing the writing on the wall, the team dealt away every veteran on an expiring contract. This included Reed who saved 19 games for the club in 48 games prior to getting dealt to the Boston Red Sox.

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In exchange for two months of Reed, the Mets acquired three minor league pitchers. Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, and Stephen Nogosek all joined the organization with some hope for brighter days ahead. None of them ever got the chance.

Callahan was the first to leave the organization for free agency following the 2018 season. He only managed to appear in 6.2 innings for the Mets back in 2017, posting a 4.05 ERA in the nine games he appeared.

Bautista didn’t last much longer. He was one of multiple players sent to the Seattle Mariners in the infamous trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz in December 2018.

Thus far in 13.1 big league innings for the Mets and Mariners, he has combined to go 0-2 with an 11.48 ERA.

The last to go was Nogosek. The Mets designated him for assignment to make room for Rick Porcello on the 40-man roster. Nogosek did manage to sneak in 6.2 innings for the club in 2019—the same number as Callahan did back in 2017. His results were much worse with a loss in seven appearances to go with an abominable 10.80 ERA.

It was unlikely New York would land anything all that special for Reed; a rental the Red Sox were hoping could help win them a World Series. For two years, there was an ounce of hope Nogosek could at least develop into something for the bullpen. With his release, the Mets are all out of leftovers from this deal.

This marks yet another 2017 trade deadline deal that looks like a waste for the franchise. Other than the Lucas Duda for Drew Smith swap, there’s not much hope left for the team to have any winning deals. Even Smith is a long shot to ever become half the pitcher Reed was during his time in Queens. He missed all of 2019 recovering from Tommy John Surgery, after all.

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While we can’t consider this Reed trade a loss for the Mets, it’s nowhere near a victory. They had to move him to get anything at all. Unfortunately, the three lottery tickets they landed all failed to hit the lucky numbers.