Well, we can add another name of note that has been turned up by the Milwaukee Brewers’ search for pitching help. The Brewers have been linked to both starters and relievers on this summer’s trade market. According to a report from Marcus Villagran of Newsday, the Brewers are among the half-dozen teams or so that have inquired about Addison Reed of the New York Mets.
Per the article, Reed is the Met that has attracted the most interest so far during trade season and is expected to fetch a strong return. Reed is owed the balance of the $7.75 mil he agreed to in his final year of arbitration eligibility and will become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Reed, 28, has pitched parts of 7 seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Mets. He has prevented runs at a stellar rate since arriving in New York in August of 2015, authoring a 2.02 ERA/2.34 FIP across and 155:23 K/BB ratio in 138.0 innings during the last two and a half years. This season, Reed has slid into the closer role for New York and registered a 2.40 ERA and 47:5 K/BB ratio in 45.0 innings while getting credited with 16 saves. For what it’s worth, FIP (2.84) supports his success this season while DRA (4.73) does not.
Assistant GM Matt Arnold told reporters earlier today that the Brewers “are actively looking around” on the trade market and noted that his club is “still in first place” even after losing their 5th straight game today. Given the volume of rumors, it seems quite likely that Milwaukee will make at least one move before the July 31st trade deadline.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus