SEATTLE — Jerry Blevins has the media figured out.
While a scrum gathered around Mets’ closer Addison Reed’s locker on Friday night, Blevins came up behind his teammate, took out his phone and held it up to where he was speaking. He watched pensively as Reed talked to the media, and then proudly went back to his own stall.
“I was interviewing you,” he told Reed, half-proudly and half-jokingly.
This is the real reason Reed’s name is all over the MLB trade market right now.
“I requested a trade so I wouldn’t have to be next to him anymore,” Reed joked.
All jokes aside, it looks as though the Mets got one step closer to sending their closer elsewhere on Friday night when they completed a trade with the Marlins for right-hander AJ Ramos.
Reed has filled in as the closer for nearly the entire season with Jeurys Familia first suspended and later injured. He’s filled in admirably, converting 19 saves in 21 chances and pitching to a 2.57 ERA. The big right-hander can help a contender shore up the back end of their bullpen.
But the back end of the Mets’ bullpen will soon belong to Familia, Blevins and Ramos. The difference is that Reed is in his walk year and Ramos is still under team control through next season. Ramos has also spent time as a closer, with 20 saves this season and a career-high 40 last.
It appears as if there is no need for Reed, but the Mets will need something in return and it looks as though that something will be someone who can perform as soon as next season. And this is not lost on him. He’s been traded twice before and he knows the business. He was still in the clubhouse at the time the trade was announced, but didn’t immediately feel that the deal had sealed his fate.
“As far as I know, I’m still here,” Reed said. “I’m going to keep pitching and whenever the phone rings, I’m going to be ready to go.”
Reed said he has not yet called his wife and asked her to pack up their apartment. He’s not necessarily involved in any trade process and he’s also not tracking the rumors. But the deadline is fast approaching and with less than three days to go, he knows his days with the Mets are probably down to about the same number.
“If I’m here, it’s a pretty solid bullpen with the addition of him,” Reed said. “If I’m not here, they’re still going to be pretty dang good with him coming in and he still has another year of control. Next year, he could make them pretty deadly.”