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Addison Reed pitched in a game for the first time this spring, throwing a scoreless inning in a 'B' game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, AZ. Reed was shut down with shoulder soreness early in camp. He hit a batter with his first slider, but retired the next three batters, getting a strikeout with a slider to end the inning. (Source: Nick Piecoro)

Fantasy Impact: Reed is entrenched as the closer for the Diamondbacks. If he is healthy to start the season, he is a guy that can be had very cheap/late (#231 ADP/#26 Closer) and provide value. He has had at least 29 saves for three consecutive years and is only 26. His peripherals suggest some bad luck and better days ahead - in 2014, his K/9 (10.47) was higher than saves leader Fernando Rodney; his BB/9 (2.28) was lower than Kenley Jansen and his xFIP (3.26) was lower than Huston Street. He was plagued by a HR/9 that was almost a full run higher (!) than it was in 2013. If that regresses to the mean, his other peripherals stay consistent and Reed's shoulder is structurally sound, he could be an absolute steal.

 

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Addison Reed threw his second bullpen session of the spring Saturday but has yet to see any action in a Cactus League game. (Source: Steve Gilbert)

Fantasy Impact: Reed has also been working on his mechanics this spring to reduce stress on his shoulder. The closer role is his and he looks to be on track for the April 6 opener. He's likely going before any other Diamondback pitchers in drafts, including starters.

 

Assumed closer Addison Reed (and fellow reliever Matt Stites) were shut down after experiencing soreness during pre-report day side sessions. Manager Chip Hale said no injuries were detected and "it's our way of slowing them down." (Source: azcentral.com)

Fantasy Impact: It's probably nothing, but after a year in which he blew 6 saves (38 opportunities), had a 4.25 ERA, and a HR/9 of 1.67, a totally healthy spring would help assuage owners banking on a comeback. Those owners would also point to the 3rd straight season of improved K/9 and BB/9 as well as a HR/FB rate of 13.9% that is high even for playing home games in Chase Field. Reed is currently the 25th RP being selected with an average draft position of 186 per fantasypros draft tools.

 

The Arizona Diamondbacks and closer Addison Reed have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $4.875M. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The right-handed closer for the Diamondbacks will serve the 9th inning role in winnable situations for Arizona. Reed saved 32 games last year in 38 opportunities, but his fantasy value depends on if the Diamondbacks can improve on last year's 64-98 league-worst record.

 

The Diamondbacks tendered a contract to closer Addison Reed. All six arbitration-eligible players were offered a contract and the two sides will exchange proposed salary figures for the 2015 season on Jan. 16 and, if necessary, arbitration hearings are scheduled to take place from Feb. 1-21. (Source: Steve Gilbert)

Fantasy Impact: Reed’s first season in Arizona went well with the limited opportunities he was given. His job as the team’s closer is secure and he’ll look to improve on the 32 saves he recorded last year. In NL-only leagues he should be worth a mid-to-late draft pick, and he might be worth a flier in standard leagues.