New York Mets Rumors: Mets Fortify Bullpen With Trade For Former Closer

With only a few days left to make deals in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets decided to strengthen their bullpen and pulled the trigger on a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. ESPN is reporting that the Mets will add Addison Reed to their relief corps and will send two minor league players to the Diamondbacks in return. The deal is pending physicals.

Reed started the year as the closer for the Diamondbacks, but lost the job in May. Things got worse for Reed as he was demoted to the minors after getting battered around for four runs in just 2/3 of an inning on June 20. He returned to Arizona a month later and has been pretty good every since lowering his earned run average nearly two runs to 4.20 on the season. Reed’s best season was in 2013 when he recorded 40 saves for the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets were able to trade for Reed because nobody claimed him when the Diamondbacks passed him through waivers. Reed is arbitration eligible for the next two seasons and is making $4.9 million this season.

New York came into Saturday night’s action with a six game lead over the struggling Washington Nationals. The Mets dropped a game to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday as their offense was held in check by Joe Kelly. New York managed to score just one run for Jacob deGrom, who allowed two runs, and the Red Sox came away with a 3-1 win.

The New York Post reported earlier that the Mets would be looking to add to the bullpen. Manager Terry Collins said he was concerned about the pen’s workload.

“I just think right now they’re tired. We’ve gone through a stretch due to the places we were, we weren’t getting five and six [innings] out of our starter. We’ve worn them out.”

DeGrom didn’t help that situation much on Saturday as he lasted just six innings. The Mets even trotted out starter Bartolo Colon to throw the ninth inning after using Hansel Robles and Eric O’Flaherty. New York will hope Noah Syndergaard can go deep in the ballgame on Sunday in the series finale against the Red Sox. Syndergaard, who turned 23-years-old on Saturday, has lasted just five innings in each of his last two starts.

The New York Mets may not be done dealing as they may try to add another reliever before Monday’s deadline.

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