RED SOX MAKING MOVES
The Red Sox landed a top reliever while the Yanks grabbed an elite starter.
Addison Reed the newest member of bullpen.
Despite their recent slump, the Red Sox are going all in on 2017 as they acquired reliever Addison Reed from the New York Mets on MLB trade deadline day Monday. The deal comes on the heels of Dave Dombrowski landing third baseman Eduardo Nunez in a deal with the San Francisco Giants last week.
The Red Sox will send right-handed pitching prospect Jamie Callahan, right-handed pitching prospect Stephen Nogosek, and right-handed pitching prospect Gerson Bautista to the Mets.
The 28-year-old Reed will be the set-up man to Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, and instantly gives the Sox bullpen a needed jolt. Reed had 19 saves on the season for the Mets.
It is very much a rental move for the Red Sox as Reed will be a free agent after the season.
Reed was a lights-out closer with the White Sox and Diamondbacks earlier in his career. In 2013 he had 40 saves for the White Sox and in 2014 he registered 32 saves with Arizona.
Reed, Kimbrel, Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree will be John Farrell’s top bullpen options for the rest of the season. Rugged competition The Red Sox boosted their roster and filled legit needs with the additions of Nunez and Reed, but their chief rival in the American League East also got significantly better. The Yankees reeled in one of the biggest fish on the trade market Monday, trading three prospects in exchange for Oakland starting pitcher Sonny Gray. Gray is 6-5 this season with a 3.43 ERA and immediately gives the Yankees a starting rotation that rivals the Red Sox. With Luis Severino, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees already had a pitching staff with a top 10 ERA in baseball. In the past few days, they added Gray and former Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia (5-7, 4.29 ERA).
“I expected it,” Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski said of the Yankees’ moves. “They made their club significantly better. It didn’t surprise me at all. It was out there for an extended period that they were looking to do those things.”
Addison Reed, the newest member of the Red Sox, has 19 saves so far this season and will add to the Boston bullpen.