Report: Twins, Reed agree to 2-year deal

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Addison Reed #43 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Just weeks after signing Fernando Rodney and Zach Duke, the Minnesota Twins made another addition to their bullpen Saturday, agreeing to a two-year, $16.75-million deal with veteran right-hander Addison Reed, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Reed, who turned 29 last month, enjoyed a strong 2017 season split between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, managing a 2.84 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 77 appearances while converting 19 saves in 21 tries. Over the past two seasons, Reed has enjoyed an impressive resurgence, compiling more WAR (3.5) than all but seven relievers while also ranking fifth in win probability added over that span.

WPA leaderboard, RP, 2016-17

Andrew Miller 8.81 5.3 1.45 0.75 7.27
Zach Britton 8.03 3.1 1.38 1.08 2.86
Kenley Jansen 7.69 6.8 1.58 0.71 11.83
Brad Hand 6.14 3.2 2.56 1.03 3.84
Addison Reed 5.85 3.5 2.40 1.00 5.96

With the Twins, who finished 85-77 last year before being ousted by the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game, Reed joins a revamped relief corps that very much needed improvement this winter after finishing in the bottom five in the league in WAR (2.2), ERA (4.40), opponents' batting average (.257), and home runs per nine innings (1.32) in 2017.