Reed is probably the Mets’ biggest trade chip due to baseball’s new obsession with relievers. Reed, 28, has experience as both a setup man and a closer. He has 123 career saves — including 17 this year — and has pitched to a 2.49 ERA in 2017.
Reed is a control master, walking just six batters in 47 innings. While he’s not a great strikeout artist, he still has more strikeouts (48) than innings pitched.
Who could be interested: Reed is one of the better relief arms available and sure to generate a lot of interest. Pretty much every team in contention could use Reed out of the bullpen, so the Dodgers, Brewers and Red Sox are all in the mix, among others.
The Bulls have inquired about 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor, according to CSN Chicago. Okafor, a Chicago native, has gotten caught in Philly’s frontcourt logjam in his second season.
Need to know: Long one of the more underrated starters in baseball — he has a career 3.36 ERA and a 3.30 ERA this season — Lynn is a free agent after this season, and the Cardinals would be best-served to trade him before the July 31 deadline. The veteran right-hander has plenty of postseason experience, too, though his role has often changed, with 24 total playoff appearances and seven starts. The Dodgers have seen his work first-hand; he’s pitched 13 1/3 innings (two starts and one relief appearance) against L.A. with 14 strikeouts and a 2.92 ERA in the 2013 NLCS and 2014 NLDS. He wouldn’t cost quite as much as Darvish, but the Dodgers would still have to make it worth the Cardinals’ time.
Need to know: The Dodgers and A’s have worked together on deals in the past — Josh Reddick and Rich Hill last year as the most recent example — and Gray would certainly fill a need for the Dodgers. With as closely as the L.A. front office has guarded its top prospects, though, will it pay the steep price Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap it would USA Cheap Jerseys take to acquire Gray, who’s under club control through 2019?