According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network, the Colorado Rockies have expressed interest in free agent reliever Addison Reed.
It has been a very busy December for the Colorado Rockies and general manager Jeff Bridich have signed catcher Chris Iannetta (for his second tenure with the club), re-signed left-handed reliever Jake McGee to a three-year contract, and signed right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw to a three-year contract. However, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network, the Rockies are “talking” to right-handed reliever Addison Reed as well as being “in touch” with Greg Holland and Wade Davis.
If the Rockies were to add Reed and Davis or Holland, as Heyman put it, the Rockies would have a “super bullpen.”
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What Reed has been like recently
Since 2015, he has not had a season ERA of 3.38. Overall, he has averaged a 2.66 ERA and 71 games per season. Since then, he has had 24 total saves and averaged only two walks and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Last season, with the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, he had an ERA of 2.84 in 77 games (76 innings) with 19 saves (all with the Mets).
From 2012 through 2014 with the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks, he had between 29 and 40 saves each season. However, his lowest ERA was 3.79.
If the Rockies sign with Addison Reed, the Rockies would add another excellent arm for the bullpen. He spent the 2012-2014 seasons as a full-time closer but he has had much better results as a set-up man.
I personally think that the Rockies would be best if they sign Holland or Davis first and sign Reed for a supplemental signing. Reed can obviously be the Rockies closer, if need be, but since he has done best in a set-up role, he should be used that way. If that were to happen, they would have a true “super bullpen.”