SEATTLE — The Mets completed step one of what they hope is a rapid retooling of the roster, dealing away closer Addison Reed to the Red Sox on Monday in exchange for a package of three pitching prospects.
The Mets officially announced the deal this afternoon after it was reported this morning.
The nonwaiver trade deadline of 4 p.m. Eastern is a critical period as general manager Sandy Alderson attempts to get the Mets back into contention next year after a season of unmet expectations.
In exchange for one of the league’s top relievers, the Mets received righthanded pitching prospects Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek. All three rank in the Rex Sox’s top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com.
Reed, 28, enjoyed a career renaissance during his tenure with the Mets, who acquired him from the Diamondbacks in an August 2015 waiver trade for a pair of relief pitchers. At the time, the acquisition had been somewhat of an afterthought.
Though he had closing experience earlier in his career with the White Sox and Diamondbacks, he had since bumped back into middle relief. Before his trade from Arizona, the righthander had even spent a portion of the season in the minors.
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