SEATTLE — With less than 72 hours left until Monday’s trade deadline, Addison Reed saw the Mets replace him before he went out and picked up his 19th save of the season. The closer was in the clubhouse at Safeco Field when the Mets announced that they had acquired closer A.J. Ramos from the Marlins in a trade for two minor leaguers.
Knowing that the Mets are trying to flip him for prospects for a quick rebuild, Reed did not seem surprised with the deal.
“I hang out in here until the fourth inning. I read it and that’s about it,” Reed said. “If I am here, it’s going to be a pretty solid bullpen with the addition of him. If I am not here, it’s still going to be pretty damn good.
“He still has another year of control it’s going to be pretty good with him and (Jeurys Familia) in the eighth and nine that’s going to be pretty deadly.”
Reed, a free agent after this season, is expected to be the biggest chip the Mets move before 4 p.m. on Monday. Acquiring Ramos was a smart short-term and longer-term move for the Mets, even though they are mostly in the sell-off mode right now.
Short-term it helps an overtaxed bullpen that has been exposed this season and is insurance for when/if the Mets move Reed.
“Certainly anything to help shore up our bullpen is a good move,” manager Terry Collins said when asked about the trade.
Reed, who worked around a leadoff infield single in the ninth, said he was not sweating the deadline or the possibility of being moved.
“He’s a good pitcher, he can come in here and as far as I know, I am still here and I am going to keep pitching whenever the phone rings and they call my name,” Reed said. “I am going to be ready to go.”
Reed, who started his career with the White Sox and pitched for the Diamondbacks before coming to the Mets in waiver trade in 2015, said that the possibility of being with another team on Tuesday isn’t that unnerving.
“I’ve been traded twice before. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen,” Reed said. “Nothing I can do about it. I am going to come to the field tomorrow and if my nameplate is up here, I am going to suit up and go. If not, I’ll go some place else.”