It seems almost no one on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ is immune from trading deadline rumors. Colleague Joe Jacquez wrote that the Miami Marlins have expressed an interest in Wade Miley. Even guys that have been with the team for not even a full year seem to have their names out in the rumor mill. One such guy is Addison Reed.
According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the D’backs’ new closer can be had. Management is telling other teams they would listen to offers regarding Reed but not fellow reliever Brad Ziegler. It marks a stark contrast to last December when the Snakes traded third base prospect Matt Davidson to the Chicago White Sox in order to obtain the 25-year old Reed. His 24 saves are nice but not when you consider that his ERA dipped below 4.00 for the first time in 2014 this month. In only 41 2/3 innings, Reed has given up 37 hits including a whopping nine home runs.
Reed becomes arbitration-eligible for the first time after this season. If the D’backs want to trim salary from their franchise-record $108 million dollar payroll, dealing Reed would make financial sense. They could also put Ziegler back into the closer’s role until someone like Matt Stites or Jake Barrett is ready to assume the position.