Breaking: Red Sox acquire reliever on deadline day

Brian Hines
Contributing Writer

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Around 10:30 AM Monday morning, Dave Dombrowksi agreed on a deal to acquire a new relief pitcher. The Red Sox sent three minor league prospects (Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephon Nogosek) to the New York Mets in exchange for RHP Addison Reed.

Reed immediately pencils in as Boston's eight inning guy, a role once reserved for Carson Smith or Tyler Thornburg. The deal was made the day after the Red Sox bullpen blew a two run lead in the eighth inning. The latest collapse was the Red Sox sixth blown save in all of July (had six total entering July).

In his last two and a half seasons with the Mets, Reed has posted a 2.09 ERA, 156 strikeouts and just 24 walks in 142 innings of work. His 8.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season ranks sixth among 165 qualified relievers.

The 28-year-old carried a 9.9 K/9 with he Mets and a 1.5 BB/9. His strikeout rate is lower this season (8.8 K/9) but Reed is generating a higher percentage of swings and misses (12.6%). Reed also has the ability to close games, providing New York with 19 saves when closer Jeurys Familia was injured.

Reed currently has one year, $7.75 million left on his contract. Boston will take on the remaining $2.6 million according to MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal. With the addition of Reed, return of Joe Kelly and perhaps Carson Smith, the Red Sox have a strong, deep bullpen ready for the stretch run.