The Mets and relief pitcher Addison Reed avoided arbitration and have agreed to a 1-year deal worth $7.75 million. The 28-year-old set up man is worth every bit of this deal. Reed’s impressive 2016 campaign was one of the better seasons by a Mets reliever in recent history.
Reed finished with a 4-2, 1.97 ERA and WHIP of 0.94. He also led the MLB in holds with 40, which also is a Mets record. The record he shattered belonged to former reliever, Aaron Heilman with 26 holds.
The addition of Reed in 2015 looks to be one of the better moves GM Sandy Alderson has made in his tenure with the Mets. Alderson acquired Reed from the Diamondbacks for prospects Matt Koch and Miller Diaz. The deal was well worth it as the strike throwing, California kid has become one of the most dominating relievers across the league.
Reed has been able to do what many have failed to do. He has gotten better since coming over to Queens.
In 2017, his importance to the team is at its highest with the recent domestic violence case against closer Jeurys Familia. Although Familia was found not guilty in a court of law, this does not mean the MLB will not suspend him. Multiple reports point to Familia being suspended 30 games, similar to the penalty of Aroldis Chapmans last season for the same offense.
If that is the case, Reed will step in as the Mets closer for at least the first month of two of the 2017 season. The emergence of Reed as one of the better set-up men in baseball allows the Mets to breathe a bit easier.
Although, as many fans and analysts of the game will tell you, bullpens tend to fluctuate from season to season. GM Sandy Alderson has been looking to move salary around and add as many proven guys to the bullpen as possible but has yet to do so this offseason.
A huge reason for hope that Reed can continue his dominance out of the pen this season is that he is entering a contract year. Another big year from him and he can expect to get a major payday. He has all the incentive he needs to produce for the Mets this season.
In order for this team to get where it needs to be, Reed will have to be able to produce and produce big time.