Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Addison Reed To Become Boston's Eighth-Inning 'Closer'

Addison Reed
As WEEI.com's John Tomase points out, the main reason Dave Dombroski chose reliever Addison Reed to add at the trade deadline was his experience as a closer. The Red Sox have suffered a lack of effective eighth-inning set-up guys ahead of Craig Kimbrel, and Reed might just be the answer. For a crappy Mets team, he delivered 19 saves as their closer this season—going 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA. In addition to working the eighth, Reed can "spell" Kimbrel as the actual closer from time to time—something that could help prevent the second-half slump we saw from Kimbrel a year ago.