Originally Posted by TDog
I think it is unrealistic to believe Addison Reed, who has been closing less than one full season and has had a week in which he has given up two game tying home runs (the sort of thing that makes teams and their fans look for a new closer) has trade-deadline value beyond the value the White Sox have in him. The Padres were shopping Heath Bell at the deadline of his free agent year and weren't offered anything approaching what they were asking. Bell was headed for free agency, but the way young closers tend to flame out, they don't have nearly the dependability of an All-Star veteran.
Reed has neither the consistency or the track record that a team like the Tigers would give up much for.
I don't think history backs you. Reed isn't a young closer on his last year, he's got essentially 5 years of control, two of which are not even arbitration eligible. There probably aren't' a lot of cases of closers with his experience level and contract situation getting traded. But it's not because players in his situation are worthless, it's because they're so valuable; teams don't normally trade cost controlled players in key positions, short of a fire sale. Reeds not only valuable, he's probably got more value than anyone other than Sale, and in some ways more considering his contract status.
Two blown save in a week, two blown saves all season. The dude is 19 for 21 to start this year after going 29 of 33 in his rookie year. He'd be closer on more than 75% of teams out there.