The Mets have reportedly traded for Diamondbacks' reliever Addison Reed, pending a physical. The Mets are said to be sending two minor leaguers to Arizona in exchange for Reed, who is making $4.875 million this year. The minor leaguers are reportedly Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.
Reed, a 26-year-old right-hander, is having a slog of a year for the Diamondbacks. He has a 4.20 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks in 40 innings of relief. Last year, despite an even-higher 4.25 ERA, he had 69 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 59 innings; in 2013 he had 72 strikeouts and 23 walks in 71 innings. His FIP this year is a more manageable 3.12. He is under team control through 2017, so this is a deal that could help the Mets beyond this season if the Mets are willing to pay Reed's high arbitration price tag.
The Mets have struggled in recent weeks to bridge the gap between their starters and the back-end of their bullpen. Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia have both been excellent, but the rest of the relief corps has been more up-and-down, with some—like lefty Eric O'Flaherty—far more down than up.