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Diamondbacks Receive Two RHP’s in Addison Reed Trade

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After hours of speculation, it’s finally announced what the Diamondbacks will get as compensation for trading Addison Reed to the New York Mets. At first glance, it appears that the Mets have employed the buy low strategy when it comes to Reed. The lack of big name prospects in the trade was most likely due to the fact that Reed will get paid in the near future, like really paid, and the Dbacks were looking for a way out. Our own Tom Lynch breaks down Reed’s arbitration situation.

It’s very unlikely for someone who’s cleared waivers (like Reed did) to warrant a massive return. If Reed can turn around his career and be the dominant bullpen arm that we though (and I still think) he could be, more power to the Mets. However, if Reed’s inconsistencies rear their head again, the Mets will be on the hook for a much larger contract come arbitration season. Without further ado, let’s welcome the two newest members of the Arizona organization.

Matt Koch is a 24-year right hander from the University of Louisville. The New York Mets drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft. At the time of the trade, Koch was ranked the #27 prospect in the Mets organization according to MLB.com’s 2015 Prospect watch. Koch was pitching for the Binghamton Mets of the Double-A’s Eastern League. There, he was 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA  in 35 appearances. He’s started only eight games in AA, while before reaching that level, he was starting in every game he appeared in.

Miller Diaz is a 23-year old right hander from Venezuela. At the time of the trade, Diaz was pitching for the St. Lucie Mets of Single-A’s Florida State League. There, Diaz was 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 appearances. He’s started 21 games this season and has started a majority of his games in the last three season (all stints in Single-A). Given these numbers, it doesn’t appear Diaz will be much of a big time player in the trade.

It isn’t spectacular, but the move is most likely money-oriented. Expect Koch to report to the Mobile BayBears and Diaz to report to either the Visalia Rawhide or Kane County Cougars. However, you should also expect the Diamondbacks to spend heavily this winter.

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