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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:35 PM

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.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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#2 Carole Keller

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:36 PM

Okay ... trending up ... now let’s get Darvish done
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:39 PM

Sweet!

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:51 PM

Here's up to date image of Salary Obligations

Had to make a choice in the bullpen and Duffy lost a coin flip

 

011318 Addison Reed

 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:53 PM

Still need to fill that 5th starter spot....hmmm

Is it 2020 yet?


#6 Brandon

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:59 PM

I think this signing confirms an 8 man bullpen

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:00 PM

You should eliminate last bench spot instead

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:00 PM

Seems like a good move!
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I remain hopeful on Buxton and Sano.....but I'd not bet the franchise on them.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:06 PM

Very nice addition! Great to see the front office getting one of the top relief options! Not only that, but it's a very reasonable contract that shouldn't limit other moves.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

Good move, good terms.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:10 PM

Bullpen now vastly improved. Dont forget about our young arms that also may help at some point this season. Now trade for Cole or Archer. Shorter term committment than Darvich and much cheaper for now. Buys us time to see what the young guys look like and how May comes back. Darvich is just going to take too long a contract at 25mm plus per year. He has too many question marks and has a history of the injury bug.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:13 PM

Here's up to date image of Salary Obligations
Had to make a choice in the bullpen and Duffy lost a coin flip
 

011318 Addison Reed


Kinda weird that now we have an excess of good middle relievers. Interested to see what they do, I'm assuming May starts in the minors but what do you do with Duffy or if several of our minor league guys start knocking on the door? Also what if May looks really good coming back? I know it's a good problem to have but it will be interesting to see if they just hold those guys down or trade some of them. I'd be perfectly fine with our roster if we can come out with 1 more starter (preferably Darvish or Cole) but I'd maybe like to see an upgrade at DH as well, unless Sano has to shift over to DH and then we could sign Frazier

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:20 PM

Isnt this the 6th largest free agent signing in team history?

Hughes
Santana
Nolasco
Castro
Willingham

Reed

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:20 PM

Actually saw this happening up until about a week ago. Then, just felt it was too quiet and were focusing solely on the rotation for now. Wow! Great move!
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:20 PM

Now we are talking - nice signing!

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:23 PM

I don’t want to rain on this parade, but this has to mean theyre out of the running for Darvish. This team isn’t going to have a $135M payroll.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:23 PM

By my count that puts the 40-man at 41...Personally hoping for a trade to clear it up

 

Who do you think gets dropped?

 

Enns

Boshers

Duffey

 

 

Is it 2020 yet?


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:23 PM

The fact he wanted to be in the Midwest, to the point he was willing to give up a year of security, is interesting. 

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

 

You should eliminate last bench spot instead

 

Added an 8th BP spot to my Twins Payroll Tool sheet (if you make a copy of the latest version it will be updated)

Is it 2020 yet?


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:29 PM

 

I don’t want to rain on this parade, but this has to mean theyre out of the running for Darvish. This team isn’t going to have a $135M payroll.

I don't agree... I think they are very much still in the running for Darvish. I believe they're at around $105M right now and maybe Darvish gets $25M a year? Plus they could trade Gibson if that happens and save $4.3M. I think they could house a payroll in the $120Ms.

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