Addison Reed named Mets setup man 'right now'

New York will be sticking with its setup man from last season.

            With the Mets poured into a successful season in 2015, Mets manager Terry Collins has named Addison Reed as his setup man. When Collins acquired Reed from Arizona Diamondbacks last August, it was no guarantee the 27-year-old reliever will be anything but a rental. Collins has noted how well Reed performed this whole season after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a mid-season deal, saying “… he’s got to be that eighth-inning guy… The way he pitched for us after we got him, he’s the guy.” Reed will be a key component of the rotation to Jeurys Familia, someone that has quality depth in 2016.

            Reed has become a stabilizing force at the back end of the Met’s bullpen, pitching to a 1.17 ERA and striking out 10 men per nine innings in 17 appearances in the season by portraying as the club’s primary seventh-inning man. The Mets rewarded Reed by tendering him a contract this winter, and the two sides to a one-year, $5.3 billion deal, avoiding the arbitration. With prior to joining the Mets, Reed had struggled through the first half with playing for the Diamondbacks. He almost lost his closing job in mid-May after posting a ghastly 7.20 ERA to start the season and was demoted to Triple-A for part of the summer. 

            Reed as proved as a fantastic pickup on the cheap by Sandy Alderson and the Met’s front office. He struggled in 2014 and the first half of the 2015 season after moving from the White Sox in Arizona, running up to a 4.23 ERA as his strikeouts trended down and he walks up. Since his peripherals are still pretty strong, the Mets is sent into two minor leaguers to Arizona for him. He was later rewarded them with a 15.1 innings of 1.17 ERA ball, which induced more ground balls than at any time that boosted his career and also strike out more than a batter per nine innings.

            The Mets also noted that Reed allowed five of seven inherited baserunners to score, which was not the results the team was expecting. Reed will not continue to post a 26.3 percent soft contact rate, however, he had a success in a late-inning role in the past. Reed has found his niche, however, if he struggles in the later future, then Hansel Robles and Antonio Bastardo will be waiting for that role. 


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