2015 Stats: 56 IP, 3.38 ERA/1.37 WHIP/51 strikeouts
Postseason: 7 IP, 6.43 ERA/1.00 WHIP/3 strikeouts
Reed entered the majors in 2011 as a member of the Chicago White Sox and quickly rose the ranks to become the teams closer. He saved 29 games in 2012 and 40 games in 2013. He was traded to the Diamondbacks prior to the 2014 season, his final pre-arbitration year. He continued in the closer role for the D-Backs, saving 32 games. He struggled to begin the 2015 season and was demoted to AAA before the mid-season trade to the Mets. After some slight mechanics changes, he posted incredible numbers over the season final month and a half. Over 15.1 innings he held a 1.17 ERA with 17 strikeouts. Although his ERA consistently sits between the high-3’s and mid-4’s, he has averaged over a strikeout per inning. He also has been able to keep his BB/9 at a serviceable 2.7. He’s a fastball/slider pitcher that will walk a few batters and has given up some bad homeruns.
Reed avoided salary arbitration with the Mets, signing a one-year $5.3 million contract.
Reed is a useful major league reliever. Unspectacular, but solid. He has several years of closing experience and can fill multiple roles. That, plus a reasonable, one-year salary makes him a tradable player. Although, barring a team wide meltdown, a trade is unlikely.
Reed goes into spring training in what is being reported by some as a possible position battle with Antonio Bastardo for the primary setup job. I don’t see this as a battle at all, and frankly anyone who does hasn’t watched many Mets games. As us fans know, Terry Collins loves to play matchups, and barring injuries, this is exactly how the 8th inning will shake out. Reed is an integral part of this bullpen, more then I like to admit. The only righty relievers after Reed are Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel, both 2nd year players. Reed lauded Dan Warthen, calling him a “pitching genius” and credited him with a slight mechanics change that helped him turn his 2015 season around. He clearly loves playing on this team and was thrilled to be back for this season. Maybe some more time with Warthen can boost Reed to a great 2016. I’m going to go out on a limb and say another slight change or two helps Reed keep the ball down: 65 IP, 3.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 70 strikeouts…. Fortune favors the bold.