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Rosenthal: Twins Agree to Deal With Addison Reed

Most of the attention this offseason has been dedicated to the Twins' pursuit of top starting pitching options, but it appears they just made a significant upgrade to the bullpen. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Twins have agreed to a contract with Addison Reed, who was the third-ranked relief pitcher on the market per MLB Trade Rumors.
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According to Rosenthal's report, which has since been confirmed by several other reputable sources on Twitter, the two sides have agreed to a two-year pact.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the deal at two-years, $16.75 million on Twitter.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted Reed would fetch a four-year, $36 million deal. In that same piece, the site ranked Reed 16th among its top 50 free agents, third among relievers, trailing only Wade Davis and Greg Holland.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Reed turned down longer-term deals in order to come to Minnesota.

Reed is from California, but spent the first three seasons of his career with the Chicago White Sox. Here's a look at his numbers from Baseball-Reference:
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Reed is the third relief pitcher the Twins have signed to a major league deal this offseason, joining Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke. Once the deal has been made official, the Twins will need to make room for Reed on their 40-man roster.

It appeared in mid-December that Reed was Philadelphia bound, but a deal never was finalized and the Phillies signed Tommy Hunter instead. There have been three relievers signed to three-year deals, all by the Colorado Rockies (Davis at $52 million, Bryan Shaw at $27 million and Jake McGee at $27 million), but it appears the Twins have been rewarded for waiting out the market. Reed's deal comes in just over what Pat Neshek got from the Phillies (two-years, $16.25 million) and just behind what Juan Nicasio got from the Mariners (two-years, $17 million).

Why were the Twins able to sign Reed to such a modest deal? That's a great question. Taking a look at his velocity numbers over at Brooks Baseball, there doesn't seem to be any cause for concern.
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Here's Reed's average fastball velocity the past four seasons: 93.33, 93.27, 93.22 and 92.93. So he has lost 0.4 mph over that span, but his swinging strike rate of 13.7 percent in 2017 was the highest he's posted since his rookie year.

What do you think about this signing and the overall upgrades made to the bullpen?

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Yeah, my first thought when Insaw this was that Yu narrowed his list and let us know we aren't on it.

 

...And yes, unless I am mistaken, this is the Twins' first money committed in 2019. 

 

Slightly bigger point to 2019

 

Reed $8.5M (Guesstimate on how contract is broken down)

Castro $8M

Santana $14M option (with vesting?)

Rodney $.25M

Pineda $8M

Hughes $13.2M

Park $3M (unless someone can show where it has been voided)

 

Sorry to say but that's $54.95M for those 7...3 of who may not contribute at all

 

Just a little sun shower on an otherwise Bright Sunshiny Day!

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Hosken Bombo Disco
Jan 13 2018 08:52 PM

It was the age of trades, it was the age of free-agent signings. It was the epoch of new relievers, it was the epoch of new starters. It was the season of single-A prospects, it was the season of win-now. It was the Spring of hope, it was the Autumn of pennants. We had everything before us --- full stop.

"It was a dark and stormy offseason..."
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KirbyDome89
Jan 13 2018 09:15 PM

 

I agree... To assume that Ryan wouldn't notice the financial flexibility. You would have to first assume that he was blind and completely inept and that would be a terrible assumption to make.

 

My opinion of Terry Ryan is mostly favorable. Even if I felt it was time for a change. 

 

However... There really isn't any history of Ryan shopping at the top of the FA pile or trading for an established veteran with a significant price tag. Ryan never got a chance to prove that he could or would spend when necessary. 

 

The timing may not have been right or... well... I don't know. 

I think the fact they're in on Darvish is encouraging, but I also remember the old FO mentioning players they inquired about at trade deadlines. Wherever Darvish ends up, I think the offer MN puts on the table will truly determine how differently we can expect this new FO to operate. 

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Deduno Abides
Jan 13 2018 09:16 PM

"It was a dark and stormy offseason..."


Free agency 2017-18: “It’s all I can do, to keep waiting for you. . .”
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Can't they DFA him? Nobody would take his contract if he went on waivers and he'd need to report to Roch to collect his money wouldn't he? At least he'd get innings and could prove he's worth something or not.

 

Nope.Because of service time he can elect to become a free agent, with the Twins eating the $32M

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TheLeviathan
Jan 13 2018 09:19 PM

 

This will make some interesting situations come Spring Training:

 

The fact that the Twins have offered arbitration to and agreed to contracts with Grossman, Adrianza, Escobar and need a back up catcher, and Vargas is out of options, they cannot go with an 8 man bullpen, unless they make a trade.

 

Under contract and out of options starters: Santana, Gibson, Hughes

Under contract and starters with options:Mejia, May, Berrios

Under contract and out of options relievers:Rodney, Reed, Duke, Pressly, Boshers, Kinley (effectively)

Under contract and starters with options: Duffey, Rogers, Hildy, Chargois, Enns, Slegers, Moya

 

I suspect that Berrios starting is a given.There are 6 RPs without options in the pen.Unless they get another starter Hughes/Mejia/May are fighting for 2 spots in the rotation and the loser will get the last spot on the pen or get optioned.This means that only one of Duffey, Rogers, Chargois, Hildy can start in the majors, unless they make a trade.

 

That's why the Twins should be all over the phone trying to make trades at this point.

 

The bullpen is often a numbers game, it's nice to be on the right side of that, but you're right that there is going to be quite a crunch for roster spots.I don't see how Rogers and Hildy are left off unless they implode this spring, but I guess we'll see what happens.

Great signing.
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Nope.Because of service time he can elect to become a free agent, with the Twins eating the $32M

You make this sound like "a bad thing"--it isn't!

Slightly bigger point to 2019

Castro $8M
Santana $14M option (with vesting?)
Rodney $.25M
Pineda $8M
Hughes $13.2M
Park $3M (unless someone can show where it has been voided)

Sorry to say but that's $54.95M for those 6...3 of who may not contribute at all

Just a little sun shower on an otherwise Bright Sunshiny Day!


Did you seriously list Rodney’s $250k

 

Did you seriously list Rodney’s $250k

 

A quarter's still a quarter:)

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Time to trade Rodney. He surely will be whining if he was promised to be the closer, and if he closes instead of Reed.......... argh. Reed as an Andrew Miller? I guess I still can't bring myself to accept that Rodney will be the Twins' closer. 

Good to see the Twins "arming" themselves in preparation for the 2018 season.Nice pick-up.

 

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AlwaysinModeration
Jan 14 2018 06:31 AM

Slightly bigger point to 2019

Castro $8M
Santana $14M option (with vesting?)
Rodney $.25M
Pineda $8M
Hughes $13.2M
Park $3M (unless someone can show where it has been voided)

Sorry to say but that's $54.95M for those 6...3 of who may not contribute at all

Just a little sun shower on an otherwise Bright Sunshiny Day!


I keep getting a different total than you for those six.
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Twins should have no problem pushing to $135mil if a Darvish deal is on acceptable terms (especially years).

I'm not much of a fan of multiyear deals for free agent relievers, but it does seem like they got a good deal compared to earlier signings.

Totally agree on the multi-year thing, and also the good deal aspect of this signing. In fact, I like getting Reed much more than adding Rodney. Seems like a better fit for the club's needs.

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Time to trade Rodney. He surely will be whining if he was promised to be the closer, and if he closes instead of Reed.......... argh. Reed as an Andrew Miller? I guess I still can't bring myself to accept that Rodney will be the Twins' closer. 

They already said Rodney is still the closer. 

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Can't they DFA him? Nobody would take his contract if he went on waivers and he'd need to report to Roch to collect his money wouldn't he? At least he'd get innings and could prove he's worth something or not.

not if he’s injured
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mikecgrimes
Jan 14 2018 07:47 AM

I don't get why we care about term, of course we would all rather sign Darvish to a 3 year 72 million dollar deal then 6 year 144 but we wouldn't be able to get 3 and 72 it would be more like 3 and 100 getting 3 extra years for 44 while not ideal might pay off and might not but it's only 44 additional dollars no matter what the actual structure of the contract is.The dollar amounts thrown around are not so crazy that we should be afraid, Darvish isn't Kershaw or Santana in his prime but based on the contracts thrown around in the past you would think it would take 200-250 to get this done and it sounds like it will be nowhere near that.I'm already pumped and ready for the season to start with the Reed signing, lets finish off free agency with a bang.

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I'd rather see the Twins use Reed in the highest leverage situations (Like Andrew Miller) and let Rodney have the ninth.


Agreed. He will be their best reliever by far. Let's go to highest and best use.
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jorgenswest
Jan 14 2018 08:47 AM

Time to trade Rodney. He surely will be whining if he was promised to be the closer, and if he closes instead of Reed.......... argh. Reed as an Andrew Miller? I guess I still can't bring myself to accept that Rodney will be the Twins' closer.


Sigh. We are already slamming the character of a player before he has put on a Twins uniform.

Any man who has pitched successfully into their 40s has done so by being extremely dedicated to their craft continually learning and working hard. There are accounts from the DBacks and others that he has helped the younger pitchers on the team because that is how he was treated when he arrived. That points to a good teammate.

It is the Twins management that negotiated this deal and made commitments to Rodney. If they told him he would be used as a closer that is on them. Let’s question the wisdom of the front office. Rodney did not force them into the commitment.

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ashburyjohn
Jan 14 2018 09:15 AM

Sigh. We are already slamming the character of a player before he has put on a Twins uniform.

Mod note: While Fernando Rodney is undoubtedly affected by the signing of Reed, ditto the chances of signing Darvish, and it's fair to delve here into those baseball ramifications, I'd like to ask everyone that we not go from one tangent into a further tangent about Rodney's character or reactions to it. It's a fair topic if someone wants to launch a new thread, either as a baseball topic in this Twins forum area, or as a sociological one in the Sports Bar forum if you're of that bent. The subject here is the signing of Addison Reed, broadly construed.

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I keep getting a different total than you for those six.

 

Forgot to include Reed Thanks for the cross check

 

Reed $8.5M (Guesstimate on how contract is broken down)

Castro $8M

Santana $14M option (with vesting?)

Rodney $.25M

Pineda $8M

Hughes $13.2M

Park $3M (unless someone can show where it has been voided)

 

$54.95M

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Forgot to include Reed Thanks for the cross check

 

Reed $8.5M (Guesstimate on how contract is broken down)

Castro $8M

Santana $14M option (with vesting?)

Rodney $.25M

Pineda $8M

Hughes $13.2M

Park $3M (unless someone can show where it has been voided)

 

$54.95M

Chances are that three of them may not be doing anything with the Twins in 2019.Rodney (with his meager buyout), along with Hughes and Park.

 

If Rodney works out in a reliever role, he could be a bargain for 2018 and 2019. The Hughes extension and Park signings were mistakes the new FO is going to have to deal with, though I thought I read Park left money on the table in order to leave.  

 

Anyway, I think the Reed signing is a very smart signing.

Chances are that three of them may not be doing anything with the Twins in 2019.Rodney (with his meager buyout), along with Hughes and Park.
 
If Rodney works out in a reliever role, he could be a bargain for 2018 and 2019. The Hughes extension and Park signings were mistakes the new FO is going to have to deal with, though I thought I read Park left money on the table in order to leave.  
 
Anyway, I think the Reed signing is a very smart signing.


I like the Reed signing a lot. If Rodney bombs out they have another option for closer. In the meantime he can be a solid setup man. The one silver lining is that Hughes is only under contract through 2019. If he pitches well this season (a big if) they could always trade him to a team looking for a filler starter.

Rodney is not too happy about this. 

 

Levine said he thinks he was "ahead of the market" on Rodney, which is an epic way of saying "oops." But at least he fixed the problem (albeit by spending more money).

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