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New York Mets Claim Relief Pitcher Ryan Reid Off Waivers

December 24th, 2013 at 12:11 PM
By Mike Phillips

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the New York Mets have been quiet on the news front along with the rest of baseball. As most front office personnel are getting away to celebrate the holidays with their families, Mets GM Sandy Alderson managed to perform one last bit of business to address the team's bullpen. The Mets snagged reliever Ryan Reid off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to the team's Twitter feed.

'Citi Field' photo (c) 2008, Joe Shlabotnik - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Reid, 28, was designated for assignment by the Pirates on December 13th. Reid made his major league debut with the Pirates this season, pitching to a 1.64 ERA and picking up a save in 11 innings pitched. In Triple-A, Reid posted a 2.73 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 59.1 innings pitched. Reid, who was waived in a numbers game for the Pirates, will presumably compete for a bullpen job in spring training. 

This move could be a shrewd low cost addition for Alderson and the Mets. This is the second reliever from the Pirates' organization the Mets have obtained in the last few months after adding Vic Black in the Marlon Byrd trade. Black is poised to be a setup man for the Mets this season, and Reid has a chance to contend for a middle relief role in spring training. Reid has pitched well in the minor leagues for the last few years, so it appears to be a low risk, high reward addition for the Mets. The Mets are still looking for more bullpen arms, but Reid at the least offers the organization more depth in its relief corps.

Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryan Reid

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