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The Minnesota Twins signed Fernando Rodney to be the closer for the 2018 season. However, we all know how volatile the closer position is, and Rodney isn’t exactly a “lights out” closer. For this reason, the acquisition of Addison Reed could prove crucial for the Twins success.
Reed has been a dependable bullpen arm throughout his Major League career. He has been especially effective over his last three seasons while playing for three different organizations. Reed has logged 209 2/3 innings pitched, since the start of 2015, with a remarkable 2.66 ERA. He continues to show excellent strikeout stuff with 218 in that span, while limiting his walks to only 46.
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Why Reed is important for the Twins in ’18
The Minnesota Twins have high aspirations for the ’18 season and the bullpen will be the key. Every season brings new faces to the pen and Reed could be the most important newcomer. His role will be that of the set-up man, helping get the Twins to Rodney in the ninth, so the Twins will need Reed to pitch up to his standards. However, for Minnesota to reach the postseason they will need contributions from everybody in the clubhouse.
Reed has closing experience in his career as well with 125 career saves, including 17 with the New York Mets last season. Having pitchers who are used to pitching high leverage innings is crucial, and Reed has pitched high pressure situations for his entire career.
Reed has a career 3.40 ERA and has saved 30 or more games twice in his career. If Rodney falters, Reed is capable of picking up the pieces. The Minnesota Twins are in great position in the back-end of the bullpen and Reed is poised for success in ’18.
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