Feb 19, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Addison Reed poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
One of the great things about Spring Training is to see the battle that teams will have for key positions. The Arizona Diamondbacks have had an interesting Spring and with the team getting ready to begin the season Down Under in a couple of days against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they’ve made a decision in regards to a key position battle.
According to D-backs.com, the club has selected Addison Reed for this role. Reed won the competition this spring over former closer J.J. Putz with how he threw the ball. In seven Spring Training games, he had a 1.29 ERA in seven innings pitched with eight strikeouts and a 0.85 WHIP. The D’backs acquired Reed in the off-season from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. In the last two seasons with Chicago, Reed saved 69 games with a 4.29 ERA in 126.1 innings pitched and struck out 126 batters while giving up 12 home runs. Arizona had their fair share of issues with the bullpen last season, as indicated by them blowing 29 saves and playing in 25 extra-inning games. Reed is expected to remedy the problem of locking things down in the ninth inning when a save opportunity is available. If Reed does slip up, D’backs manager Kirk Gibson has plenty of options moving forward like using Putz, David Hernandez or Brad Ziegler. So hopefully with Reed being named the closer and other options available , the end of games will be less stressful on the fans and players. I know it might seem fun to see a team play 15 or more innings on a consistent basis, but why play all those innings if it can be avoided?
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