The Boston Red Sox had two big voids to fill one of which was filled on Trade Deadline Day adding Addison Reed from the Mets
Several players haven’t materialized this season. Carson Smith is near a rehab, finally. Tyler Thornburg, do we need to mention him again? Matt Barnes has been great at Fenway minus his last appearance where he got rocked. Getting a solid reliever with experience under pressure was a necessity. Addison Reed looks to be that man. The team had been looking for someone to handle the 8th inning since Joe Kelly is still injured.
The only void not filled by Dave Dombrowski was that of a big bat. Hopefully the current team will snap out of it. The return for Reed, at least right now, was not the same return the Astros got when they traded away Larry Andersen for Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. The Red Sox shipped minor leaguers Gerson Bautista, Jamie Callahan, and Stephen Nogosek.
Reed a former closer, has had experience in high level situations which is a huge reason why the Sox ended up getting him. He’ll be eligible to play tonight against the Indians if called upon. Reed registered 101 saves from 2012 until 2014. After moving from the White Sox to the Diamondbacks, something in his mechanics changed which took away from his ability to be an effective closer.
In 2016 and so far in 2017, he looks like he’s back to his former dominant self. Having had some experience playing in the World Series is a bonus. Come playoff time, he’ll be someone the team will be counting on in late inning situations. While most players struggle to make adjustments, Reed looks like he’s fixed his issues.
With the move going from the Mets to the Red Sox, Reed has now been given a chance to go from a team that is out of contention of the playoffs to a front runner for the American League East and if the bats come alive, a favorite to win the American League Pennant.
Before joining the Red Sox, Reed posted a 1 – 2 record with a 2.57 ERA in 48 appearances including 19 saves in 21 chances. Reed also has allowed six walks and has struck out 48 batters in 49 innings of work. This will be Reed’s 4th team in his 7th season in the majors. When the Red Sox do have all of their relievers back to full strength, the bullpen could be one of the few that has the ability to be good and effective for multiple innings.
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