Update #2 (9:59 PM EST): Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that the two players the Diamondbacks will be getting are minor league pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.
Update (8:06 PM EST): The Diamondbacks will receive a pair of minor league players from the Mets in exchange for Reed, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets have acquired reliever Addison Reed in a trade with the Diamondbacks, pending a physical. Newsday’s Marc Carig confirms the deal. Reed had cleared waivers.
Reed began the year as the Diamondbacks’ closer, but struggled and was taken out of the closer’s role in mid-May. Even in lower-leverage situations, his troubles continued, resulting in his being optioned to Triple-A Reno in June. The club recalled him in late July.
Overall, Reed has blown two saves in five chances with a 4.20 ERA and a 34/14 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He’s earning $4.875 million for the 2015 season and will be eligible for his second season of arbitration heading into 2016.
First the Diamondbacks stripped Addison Reed of closing duties and now they’ve demoted the right-hander with a $4.9 million salary to Triple-A at age 26.
Reed saved 101 games from 2012-2014, including 32 games for the Diamondbacks last season after the team’s previous front office regime acquired the so-called proven closer from the White Sox. But throughout all the saves Reed had a 4.20 ERA and served up way too many homers to be reliable in the late innings.
He’s regressed even further this season, allowing 16 runs in 24 innings for a 5.92 ERA, and Reed will likely have to put together a good stretch at Triple-A just to re-enter the Diamondbacks’ plans as a middle reliever.
Side-arming setup man Brad Ziegler has stepped into the closer role for Arizona and done a very nice job, saving 10 games with a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale has taken Addison Reed out of the closer’s role, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports. Hale plans to play the match-ups rather than name a new closer, but veteran Brad Ziegler will likely end up seeing most of the save chances.
Reed, 26, recently blew a save in spectacular fashion when he served up a go-ahead grand slam to Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor on Wednesday. He’s only 2-for-4 in save opportunities while allowing eight runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out 10 in 10 innings of work. Reed wasn’t that reliable last year, either, when he finished 32-for-38 in save chances with a 4.25 ERA and a 69/15 K/BB ratio in 59 1/3 innings.
Ziegler, 35, has quietly been among baseball’s most consistently reliable relievers since 2008. Never a full-time closer, he has a career 2.52 ERA with a 315/169 K/BB ratio in 475 innings. Jonny Venters is the only reliever with a higher ground ball rate (68.4%) than Ziegler (65.9%) since the start of the ’08 season.