The Twins added a third free-agent relief pitcher on Saturday, according to published reports, adding needed depth to one of the team's weaknesses from last season.
Addison Reed, a 29-year-old right-hander who has struck out 425 hitters in 402 career innings, has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league baseball source confirmed. The contract is pending a physical, according to a report from FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said the deal was for two years and $16.75 million.
Reed, a third-round pick of the White Sox in the 2010 draft, was a teammate of Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg at San Diego State, and has pitched for four major-league teams in his seven-year career. He has served as a closer several times in his career, and has posted at least 19 saves in four different seasons, including a career-high 40 saves in 48 opportunities for the White Sox in 2013. He figures to open the season as one of the primary setup relievers behind new closer Fernando Rodney, who signed a one-year free-agent contract with the Twins in December.
Reed, who has also pitched for the Diamondbacks, Mets and Red Sox, has a career 9.5 strikeout per nine innings average, but has had occasional problems with home runs; in 2017, he surrendered 11 homers in 76 total innings with the Mets and Red Sox.
Reed joins a Twins bullpen that had a collective 4.40 ERA in 2018, which ranked 12th in the American League. In addition to Rodney and Reed, the Twins signed left-hander Zack Duke to a free-agent contract late last month, and return holdovers Trevor Hildenberger, Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Buddy Boshers, among others.
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