Chicago Cubs: Under the radar options for closer in 2018

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Addison Reed
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Addison Reed /
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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 14: Addison Reed
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 14: Addison Reed /

Addison Reed, RHP

Right-hander Addison Reed is probably the third-best reliever available this offseason. Reed, who will turn 29 this month, split time between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox in 2017.

A year after posting a 1.97 ERA over 77 2/3 innings, Reed was impressive again. In 77 appearances between his two clubs, Reed amassed a 2.84 ERA and struck out 76 batters in 76 innings pitched.

From 2015 to 2017, Reed has been one of the best relievers in the game. Over those three years, Reed has made 212 appearances, logging 209 2/3 innings pitched. In that time between the Diamondbacks, Mets and Red Sox, Reed recorded a 2.66 ERA and averaged 9.4 strikeouts per nine while walking just two batters per nine.

Closing and postseason experience

Reed has racked up 125 career saves. The majority of those came from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons when Reed was closing games for the White Sox and Diamondbacks. Nevertheless, Reed logged 19 saves in 21 chances for the Mets in 2017, proving he still has what it takes to hold down the role.

In addition to his experience in the closer’s role, Reed also has a fair amount of postseason experience. From 2015 to 2017, Reed has logged 10 1/3 postseason innings. In that time, Reed has allowed ten hits and seven earned for an ERA north of six.

Chances to be Cubs’ closer

There is no doubt that Reed’s value is high right now. Between the success Reed has had over the last few seasons and the demand for good relievers, Reed should get a nice deal this winter. suggests that Reed is worth about $8.9 million per year. The site also suggests that Reed will get a four-year deal, making the contract worth about $35.7 million. That would save the Cubs around $6 million a year compared to the $14.9 million Wade Davis is projected to get per year.

Overall, I think Reed would be a cheaper option than Holland or Davis. However, Reed may command a four-year deal whereas Davis and Holland would likely seek a three-year deal. Still, if the fit is right, the Cubs need to pursue Reed and have him close games on the North Side.