Addison Reed

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Pitcher Addison Reed was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2010 amateur draft. He was signed by scout George Kachigian and made his pro debut that summer with the Great Falls Voyagers, going 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 13 outings, primarily out of the bullpen. He went from Class A to the majors in 2011, posting a 2-1 record with a 1.26 ERA and 111 strikeouts over 43 appearances with four different minor league clubs that summer. He was then a September call-up for the Sox, making his debut out of the pen in a September 4th loss to the Detroit Tigers. He put up a 3.68 ERA in 6 games. He then spent the entire 2012 season in Chicago, pitching 62 times while grabbing the closer's job along the way. While his record was only 3-2, 4.75, he recorded 29 saves and struck out 54 batters in 55 innings.

Reed played a key role in the wildest game of the year on June 5, 2013 against the Seattle Mariners. The game had been scoreless through 13 innings, when the Sox put up five runs in the top of the 14th. Reed Came in to pitch the bottom of the inning, but he allowed the Mariners to tie the game, the last four runs coming on Kyle Seager's first career grand slam. It was the first time in history that a team had come back from five runs down in the 14th inning or later. However, Reed stayed on the mound, as the Sox had already use seven other pitchers, and when the Sox put up a pair of runs in the 16th, he redeemed himself by striking out the side in the bottom of the inning, getting credit for the 7-5 win. he ended the season with a record of 5-4, 3.79, and in spite of pitching for a last-place team, managed to pick up 40 saves. In 71 1/3 innings, he recorded 72 strikeouts and only walked 23. On December 16th, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for young third baseman Matt Davidson.

He had a disappointing first season for Arizona in 2014, with a won/loss record of 1-7 and a4.25 ERA in 62 games; he did save 32 games and struck out 69 in 59 1/3 innings, but the D-Backs had been expecting more. On August 30, 2015, he was traded to the New York Mets by the Diamondbacks in return for prospects Matt Koch and Miller Diaz. He had lost the closer's job early that season, going 2-2, 4.20 and only 3 saves in 38 games for Arizona. For New York, however, he posted an outstanding ERA of 1.17 in 17 games. He also pitched 9 times in the postseason as the Mets made it all the way to the World Series. He was charged with the loss in Game 5 on November 1st when he entered the top of the 12th with the game tied, 2-2, and gave p a single to Salvador Perez, a stolen base to pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson, and after one out, a go-ahead single by pinch-hitter Christian Colon. That opened the floodgates, as an error, a double and an intentional walk before he gave way to Bartolo Colon resulted in his being charged with 5 runs as the Kansas City Royals won the game, 7-2, clinching the series.

Reed had a good season for the Mets in 2016, pitching 80 times in relief with a record of 4-2, 1.97. He struck out 91 batters in 77 233 innings while serving as the primary set-up man for Jeurys Familia. He also pitched an inning in the Wild Card Game against the San Francisco Giants on October 5th. It came in a crucial situation as the game was still scoreless when he took over for Noah Syndergaard in the top of the 8th. He allowed a single and two walks, one of them intentional, before striking out Hunter Pence to keep the game scoreless. However, Familia gave up a three-run homer to Conor Gillaspie in the 9th and the Mets lost the game, 3-0. In 2017, he was asked to step in as closer for an injured Familia and once again did well, notching 19 saves while going 1-2, 2.57 in 48 games befoer the end of July. On July 31st, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox in return for three prospects. In his first appearance for Boston on August 1st, he allowed a homer to the first batter he faced, Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians, before retiring the next three batters. He went 1-1, 3.33 in 29 games for the Red Sox, not saving any games as his role was to set up Craig Kimbrel. That gave him a line of 2-3, 2.84 in 77 appearances for the year, with 19 saves and 76 Ks in as many innings. He also appeared three times in the Sox's loss to the Houston Astros in the Division Series, giving up 2 runs in 2 1/3 innings.

On January 13, 2018, he signed a two-year deal with the Minnesota Twins worth $17 million. It was not clear what his role would be, as the Twins had already saved ageless closer Fernando Rodney earlier in the off-season, after making the postseason without having a true closer following the mid-season trade of Brandon Kintzler. He pitched 55 times that season, going 1-6, 4.50 with no saves. He was back with the Twins in spring training in 2019 but was set back by a sprained thumb on his throwing hand. He was assigned to the AAA Rochester Red Wings for rehabilitation starting on May 7th, but he was completely ineffective, allowing 8 runs on 13 hits in 5 innings. On May 16th, the Twins decided they had seen enough and had him designated for assignment. He was officially released on May 21st.

He decided to quit using smokeless tobacco in June of 2014 when he learned of the death of the great Tony Gwynn, the result of mouth cancer likely caused by his consumption of the substance; Addison had been a user since high school.

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