Mets trade Addison Reed to Boston Red Sox

Mets pitcher Addison Reed delivers against the St. Louis

The arms race in the American League East just got a bit more interesting on the day of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. He has had an excellent year, notching six saves between Triple-A and Double-A this season, pitching to the tune of a 3.21 ERA.

Boston would send NY right-handers Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek.

According to multiple reports, including ESPN's Buster Olney, the Sox are trading away three prospects in the deal.

As for the 28-year-old Reed, he had turned himself into the Mets' most valuable trade commodity by converting 19 of 21 save chances and compiling a 2.57 earned run average. Before his trade from Arizona, the righthander had even spent a portion of the season in the minors. He's 3-2 with a 5.16 ERA in the low-A South Atlantic League, and while he's projected to be a setup man eventually, he also sounds somewhat like a project, with a delivery that needs refining and, of course, control issues. By the postseason, Reed had become the primary setup man for closer Jeurys Familia, forcing the Mets to alter their long-term plans.

Boston's dealings ended with the Reed acquisition, though. The good news is that in parts of two pro seasons, he's averaged 10.5 strikeouts-per-nine innings. Last season, he posted a 1.97 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. For the Red Sox, he won't be closing games because of Craig Kimbrel.

Reed, a right-hander, is eligible for free-agency after this year and may be just a half-season rental for the Sox. We liked them. And I think they liked (Reed), too. It's not a major return, but the Mets couldn't really expect one for Reed. He was the Red Sox's 23rd-ranked prospect. Callahan, 22, is the closest to making an impact. He was taken in the second round in 2012 and considered a project by some scouts, though he has thrived upon his conversion to relief work. While he won't blow batters away with the 93 mph velocity on his fastball, he's been able to strikeout almost a batter per nine and keeps runners off base nonetheless.

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