The Mets have traded closer Addison Reed to the Red Sox for right-handed pitching prospcts Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek, it was announced Monday.
The Red Sox will pay the all of the roughly $3 million remaining on Reed's current contract.
Matthew Cerrone: Callahan is the short-term get here, since he can help this season and next. I was told by a team dealing with Boston that they prefered to pay Reed's salary, but give up mid-level arms; as opposed to having the Mets pay Reed's salary and giving up less players, but an elite arm. I like it better the way it went down because the Mets need as much new talent as they can get. And, as we've learned, there's no such thing as a pitching prospect, so the more chips Alderson can bet with the better...
According to MLB reporter Jon Heyman, scouts he has talked with believe the Mets are getting a really good return here for Reed. MLB sources have told Newsday's Marc Carig the same. I've also heard something similar, with two executives saying Alderson essentially tipped the deal toward New York when he took AJ Ramos off the board.
Reed, who is eligible to be a free agent at the end of this season, has 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA and a 1.122 WHIP in 49 appearances this season, during which he's pitched as a set-up man and filled in at closer for Jeurys Familia.
Nogosek, 22, is considered Boston's 10th-best pitching prospect, according to MLB.com, which believes he is on track to make his big-league debut in 2019.
"Nogosek's control of his pitches fluctuates at times, but he generally throws enough strikes to keep himself out of trouble," MLB.com wrote in a scouting report this past winter. "If he continues to miss bats like Boston thinks he can, he'll advance quickly."
In 36 starts in Single-A this season, Nogosek is 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 53 innings, during which opponents are hitting .212 against him.
Callahan, 23, was ranked Boston's 13th-best pitching prospect, according to MLB.com, which wrote in June that he is ready to help as a big-league middle reliever.
In 22 appearances in Triple-A this season, Callahan is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA, four saves and 36 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched.
Bautista, 22, was considered Boston 16th-best pitching prospect, according to MLB.com.
"Though he has made some strides with his control and command, he'll need to smooth out his delivery and make further refinements," MLB.com wrote in a scouting report this past winter. "If he can, he could develop into a set-up man."
In 27 relief appearances in High-A this season, Bautista is 3-2 with a 5.16 ERA, four saves and 53 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings pitched.