On Monday, they did something about it.
According to multiple media reports, the Boston Red Sox will acquire closer Addison Reed from the New York Mets in exchange for three prospects. With the Sox, Reed will slot in as a setup man behind closer Craig Kimbrel, a role in which Joe Kelly (currently on the DL) has spent his 2017. NY already has a replacement after acquiring Miami Marlins closer A.J.
Reed posted a 2.57 ERA with 48 strikeouts and six walks in 49 innings this season for the Mets.
The Red Sox desperately needed to be active, especially in their bullpen. He has a 4.03 ERA in 22 relief appearances with a 1.41 WHIP and 12.41 K/9.
This season, Reed spent most of the year in the closer's role for Familia, whose season has been shortened by a domestic violence suspension and surgery to fix a blood clot.
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So the Red Sox are getting a fantastic arm in Reed, and it couldn't come at a better time.
Reed has pitched in high-leverage situations all year as the Mets' interim closer (19 saves in 21 chances).
Reed has a $7.75 million salary and can become a free agent after the World Series. After a shaky July, the Sox 'pen could use that stability. Who else do you think should be a Red Sox target today? On Sunday, Farrell singled out right fielder Mookie Betts, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and first baseman Mitch Moreland, each of whom has been in a slump over the past few weeks. "What's been encouraging the last couple of days, we're starting to see some better timing out of Bogey".
During an 11-day span late in the 2013 season, Rosales was claimed off waivers by Texas from Oakland, went back to the A's off waivers from the Rangers and then returned to Texas once again on waivers only to watch his former team win the AL West without him. "Mitch, Mookie, the guys are here, we've got to get those guys back to their capabilities and a little bit more consistent".
"We did have conversations with other clubs on most (relievers)", Dombrowksi said. "That's what it really comes down to".