The Minnesota Twins continue to use their limited resources to improve a pitching staff that struggled during an otherwise surprising 2017 campaign.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Twins have signed closer Addison Reed to a two-year, $17 million contract.
Source confirms that Addison Reed is headed to the Twins for two years and $17M. @Ken_Rosenthal was on it. At one point, Reed had three years on the table, but he wanted to be in Midwest and Minnesota is a great fit for him. Should be the closer for the Twins.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 13, 2018
Reed, 29, pitched to a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 31 saves between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox last season. He figures to be the Twins’ regular closer after the team dealt Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals last season.
This reported signing comes on the heels of Minnesota adding injured starter Michael Pineda in free agency. The team had also previously been linked to Yu Darvish. Whether that’s off the table after doling out $8.5 million per to Reed remains to be seen.
Despite earning a playoff spot last season, Minnesota finished with a 4.59 team ERA. Reed should help in that category, at the very least when it comes to late-game situations.