Reed has an opportunity to show his stuff tonight as the Red Sox go up against the Indians in the first of a three game series. Of course, he won't be expected to close games in Boston and will slot into the setup role ahead of Craig Kimbrel. The Red Sox desperately needed a dependable, late-inning reliever and got one.
According to multiple reports, the team has struck a deal with the Mets to acquire veteran reliever Addison Reed for a trio of prospects. The Red Sox are sending three minor leaguers to NY in exchange for Reed: Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek.
Reed is by no means a dominant force. Reed posted a 1.97 ERA in 80 games last season, including a 2.03 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 12 walks in 70 eighth-inning appearances. Over lunch one day, Ron Dombrowski, a retired parts department manager at a auto dealership, thought he would talk a little shop with his son, the Boston Red Sox's president of baseball operations. The 22-year-old has split time between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season and is 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 36 appearances.
In a buyer's market, Reed has always been the Mets' most valuable rental due to the demand of quality relievers at the trade deadline. Dombrowski declined to pursue a power bat or add more depth at third base, where the Sox appear content with rookie Rafael Devers and new utility man Eduardo Nunez.More news: No life sentences without parole for juveniles in Alaska
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Callahan is Boston's #20 prospect, Bautista is #47, and Nogosek is #25. But such a player would have required Dombrowski to further gut an already thin farm system. But he pitched well enough to earn $5.3 million in his second year of arbitration, which proved to be a steal.
Boston isn't an airtight club after Monday's deadline maneuverings, and faces a tough task of competing with Sonny Gray and the suddenly retooled New York Yankees. He is now at Salem, the Red Sox's advanced Class A affiliate in the Carolina League.
The Red Sox should not be finished ahead of today's Major League Baseball trade deadline.
Overall, this is a great move by the Red Sox.