Well, maybe this is the time that Addison Reed finally gets his act together with the Diamondbacks. Who knows, it may just be his last attempt to prove to the Diamondbacks organization that he is even worth a roster spot.
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Reed, 26, struggled as the Diamondbacks closer last year and was only able to rack up three saves in five attempts in 2015 before his demotion to Triple-A Reno.
Once in Reno, Reed began to turn back to his former self when he was with the Chicago White Sox in 2013. In 11 games in Reno, Reed earned a 1-1 record and carried a 1.74 ERA.
Although Reed will not return to the closer role with the big league club he still will be a key piece in the struggling Diamondbacks bullpen. Brad Ziegler will continue to hold down the closing duties as he has a minuscule 1.21 ERA and 17 saves this year.
All Diamondbacks fans will be hoping that Reed’s short stint in the minor leagues will change his performance at the Major League level as any help with the bullpen would be terrific.
The bullpen currently sits in 13th place in the MLB in ERA with a 3.39 mark, but have thrown 340 innings already which is good for second most in the MLB. Fresh arms will be greatly appreciated, especially in these long summer months.
With the Diamondbacks on a winning streak right now, there is no better time than now to acquire relief pitching at the deadline, but it may be a good idea in the long run to hold on to Reed who could very well turn it on again as a legit arm in the pen.