SAN DIEGO — Addison Reed is the Mets’ best asset heading into Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline and just as they are looking to turn the closer into some prospects for the future — he’s faltered a little bit.
The righthander, who took over closing duties when Jeurys Familia was suspended and then needed shoulder surgery, has allowed an earned run in his last two appearances.
Tuesday night, he gave up an RBI-double to 30-year-old rookie Dusty Coleman in the ninth inning before working out of the jam to pick up the save in the Mets’ 6-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park.
Monday night he gave up a solo home run to Hunter Renfroe, the first home run he had allowed since May.
“He’s fine,” said a scout for a National League team who scouted the Mets this season. “Something like that isn’t going to affect how teams see him. We’ve been watching him over a long period of time.”
The recent hiccups are surprising though.
It’s surprising, because after a slow start to the season, Reed had been solid for the last two months. He previously had allowed just two earned runs over his last 17 appearances.
“His command is much, much better,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “Addi is a guy who lives on the corner. When you are seeing him have success. He is one of those guys, when he needs to make the pitch, he makes the pitch.”
While Reed insists that the rumors about his pending departure don’t interest him, the Mets are trying to keep their players focused. Collins has had conversations with many Mets players like Reed, whose names keep popping up in trade rumors, over the last few weeks.
“I try to tell them many times, this time of year, everything is out of their control. The only thing they can control is how they play out on the field,” Collins said. “That’s how they get paid. That should be their main focus…. The more you fail, the less people talk about ya. The better you play, the more people want you. You have to control what you can do.”
That includes conversations with Asdrubal Cabrera, who asked for a trade when the Mets moved him out of shortstop last month.
There are a lot of teams looking at him, a lot of teams looking for a third baseman. And he’s played great. It could be a motivation,” said Collins. “I just told him to go out and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.
“The rest will take care of itself.”
FAMILIA STEPPING UP
Jeurys Familia is “close,” to getting back on a mound, Collins said. That makes it more likely that Familia will return this season. The closer has been on the disabled list since May 12 after an arterial blood clot was found in his shoulder and he had surgery to remove it. His long toss program has progressed to the point where they think it’s time for him to start getting back on the mound,” Collins said. “I don’t know when, but it will be soon.”… After playing in the field for three rehab games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s, Neil Walker was back in the lineup Tuesday night as a designated hitter. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and is 5-for-14 in his first four rehab games. The Mets are expecting him to play one game at third base before he returns to the majors. Walker has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a partially torn hamstring. Brandon Nimmo (partially collapsed lung) went 1-for-4.
After playing in the field for three rehab games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s, Neil Walker was back in the lineup Tuesday night as a designated hitter for the Mets’ minor-league affiliate. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and is 5-for-14 in his first four rehab games. The Mets are expecting him to play one game at third base before he returns to the majors. Walker has been on the disabled list since June 15 with a partially torn hamstring. Brandon Nimmo, partially collapsed lung, went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in center field.