Addison Reed is one of the most coveted free agent relievers remaining on the market. There is good reason behind his popularity. Reed has come into his own the past two seasons with the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox most recently.
While Citi Field has been categorized as one of the more pitcher-friendly ballparks in the league Reed has proved himself with his road splits. He logged 39 innings and had a WHIP of 1.03 away from Citi Field in 2016. Reed regressed slightly from 2016 and had a WHIP of 1.21 in 22.1 innings pitched away from Citi Field while being a Met in 2017. Once traded to the Red Sox he only stepped up his game and in 27 innings had a 0.93 WHIP. Reed is likely to come with a hefty contract, but adding another piece to compliment Knebel and Hader would do wonders for the Brewers bullpen in 2018 and beyond.
Any of these arms would greatly strengthen the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. Stearns has maintained a conservative approach to the rebuilding process, but adding another arm to the bullpen is necessary in order to improve on last season’s success.