At long last, it looks like the Mets may have found their seventh-inning man. Addison Reed has pitched wonderfully since coming to New York in an August 30 trade with the Diamondbacks.The 26-year-old former closer has yet to allow a run in seven games and has allowed only six hits, all of which have been singles. He has struck out nine and walked just two in his seven innings so far. His 1.43 FIP is also very good.
The Mets have had trouble filling the seventh-inning role all season, as players like Jenrry Mejia and Bobby Parnell have been unable to keep the job. A combination of Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia will likely be the plan for the Mets during this season's home stretch and, should the Mets make it that far, the postseason. Familia and Clippard have dominated all season, so throwing Reed into the mix makes it even harder for opponents to push runs across the plate in the late innings.
Reed has two seasons of team control left beyond 2015, so his acquisition was more than a one-plus-month rental. He's making $4.875 million this season, and will likely make around that—or more—next year. Since Clippard is a free agent after this year, Reed's past experience as a closer with the White Sox and Diamondbacks could make him a less-expensive eighth-inning alternative for the Mets.