After acquiring Eduardo Nunez to remedy their third base situation, the Red Sox made a move to bolster their bullpen. They traded foe Mets reliever Addison Reed before the July 31 deadline.
The deal comes just one day after the Sox bullpen’s eighth-inning meltdown vs. the Royals.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
It was a move Boston desperately needed to make. There were too many question marks in the pen before shutdown closer Craig Kimbrel. Even with Joe Kelly and Carson Smith eventually returning from the disabled list, there was no guarantee they’d be effective enough to overpower top-tier offenses in the postseason. Reed, who likely will be the go-to guy in the eighth inning, makes doing so much easier.
The three prospects the Red Sox parted ways with are relievers Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista, and Stephen Nogosek. In other words, Boston is giving up three prospects who might be something one day for a reliever who will make an instant impact on a World Series caliber team. Even with Reed being a free agent after the season, that’s a steal.
Reed posted a 2.57 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 19 saves in 49 innings with the Mets. Plus, the right-hander has 48 strikeouts with only six walks on the season to this point. That’s the kind of efficiency every Red Sox fan is dying to see from a bullpen that has struggled mightily for the last month or so.