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Mets trade rumors: Addison Reed is Red Sox’ top bullpen target

The Red Sox need bullpen help, and the Mets have a great reliever available.

MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Just in case it weren’t clear a few hours ago, the Red Sox seem to really, really like Addison Reed. They might even like-like him, as Mark Feinsand reports that Boston considers him the top target for upgrading its team’s bullpen.

As for Reed, from that post earlier today:

In 49.0 innings this year, Reed has a 2.57 ERA and 3.15 FIP, and since coming over to the Mets in a steal of a trade back in August of 2015, he has a 2.09 ERA that is fifth-best among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings since then—trailing only Andrew Miller, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw, and Aroldis Chapman. The fact that he’s only under control for the rest of this season is the downside here, but he’s more talented than your average rental reliever.

While the Mets’ return for Lucas Duda wasn’t exactly overwhelming, Sandy Alderson has generally been good at netting surprising prospect returns for players who are in high demand. If he does complete a deal to send Reed to Boston, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not that is the case again.