Multiple sources report the Mets helped address their shaky bullpen by trading for Arizona reliever Addison Reed, who is making $4.875 million this year and is arbitration eligible in the offseason.
Reed started the season as the Diamondbacks’ closer but was taken out of the role in mid-May and eventually optioned to the minor leagues in June. Reed, 26, is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances this season and has two blown saves in five chances.
What makes Reed attractive to the Mets is his effectiveness against lefty hitters, who are batting .242 against him this season after holding them to .210 and .219 the last two years.
The Mets are set at the end of the game with set-up man Tyler Clippard and closer Jeurys Familia, but are having problems in the seventh inning. Reed figures to get a chance at that role and will get competition from Hansel Robles and Logan Verrett.
Verrett,stellar in a spot start last Sunday, gave up three runs on two homers Friday in relief of Matt Harvey. Robles, 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 41.2 innings over 43 appearances this season, has shown flashes of immaturity, highlighted by two quick-pitch incidents this week in Philadelphia.
Other reports have the Mets are talking with San Diego about left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.
On Saturday, the Mets used Bartolo Colon in relief on his between-starts throw day.