Mets Sign Ryan Reid

Merry Christmas! Santa has given the Mets the gift of righthanded reliever Ryan Reid.

Reid was plucked from the Pirates via the waiver wire. He’ll be 29 next April and has never been considered a big-time prospect. However, he has put up pretty good numbers over the past three seasons in AAA, and did well in a tiny sample size at the big-league level last year. His main pitch is a tailing and sinking, “one-seam” (as he calls it) fastball that ranges from 89 to 92 MPH and induces plenty of ground balls. His secondary pitch is a 85-87-MPH slider that’s used as a swing-and-miss / strikeout pitch. His main issue throughout his pro career has been struggles with control.

It’s not bad to have extra bullpen arms — Reid should provide serviceable depth in AAA and will have a shot at a big-league spot in spring training.

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