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.

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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