Originally Posted by Boondock Saint
I hate the idea of holding onto a good closer when you're not really going to be needing one for at least a couple of years. Closers don't last, and it'd be a complete waste if he stops being effective before we're ready to contend and we didn't get anything for him because we wanted to keep him for the future.
He's young and cheap and somebody has to pitch out of the bullpen. Why not him and Jones? There's no reason to pay mediocre veterans inflated salaries to do that job.
If somebody offered me a big return, yeah, I'd trade Reed. But I wouldn't actively try to move him. The guys with salaries are the ones that need to go first.
Reed's status as the closer on the team is beside the point.