The Cubs should sign Addison Reed

He could make the bullpen deep at a reasonable cost.

Early in November, I wrote this article suggesting the Cubs should sign Addison Reed and make him the team’s closer beginning in 2018.

Instead, the Cubs signed Brandon Morrow, and he’s likely to be named closer before spring training ends. They also inked Steve Cishek to a deal, and he has closing experience.

Recent years have proven that teams with deep bullpens can go farther in postseason play. Thus, you can’t have too many good relievers. And with Wade Davis now gone to the Rockies, perhaps the Cubs can look at Reed as someone who could be a quality setup man and perhaps closer if Morrow or Cishek falter.

Reed has closed before. He’s got 129 career saves, including 19 with the Mets in 2017 before he was dealt to the Red Sox at the deadline, where he served the rest of the year setting up for Craig Kimbrel.

One of the best things about Reed is his low walk rate. His career walk rate is 2.3 per nine innings, and over the last two years it’s even better, 1.6 per nine innings, to …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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