The New York Mets are still looking for a suitor for reliever Addison Reed, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the year.
Reed has been the Mets closer for much of the season due to a suspension and injury to Jeurys Familia, and to be honest, he has been mighty impressive. Reed has been one of the Mets most reliable relievers, and one of the best in baseball to date. Through 48 games this season, Reed owns 19 saves and 2.57 ERA. He also has a BB/K ratio of 9-48.
Not bad at all.
There are rumors now that suitors for Reed could come down to five teams, and according to Buster Olney on Twitter the Red Sox could be one of them.
Boston has been looking to upgrade the backend of its bullpen leading up to closer Craig Kimbrel. Reed would do just that. Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, Fernando Abad and Robby Scott have all had their ups and downs this year, but one thing those guys don't have that Reed does is postseason experience.
The question will be compensation going back to New York. We'll see how this works out. Don't be shocked if Houston or Kansas City are dark horses in this race for Reed.
Reed's value only went up after Sandy Alderson took A.J. Ramos off the market when he acquired him from the Marlins. It was a good move by the Mets, who didn't have to give up much in prospects, and will have control of Ramos through the 2018 season.
Ramos had 20 saves in 40 games with the Marlins this season, and owns 92 career saves. He will slide into that closer role for the rest of this season, should the Mets in fact deal Reed. If not, then New York will have two solid options to use for the final two months of the season. Ramos will most likely compete with Familia for the closer's role next spring, with the loser likely to get the eighth inning.