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22. Rick Reed

From replacement player to two time Major League All Star, Rick Reed had a very good run with the New York Mets, though it is astounding how much he is not regarded much at all in the Mets canon of history.

Reed struggled to make it to the Majors and when he signed as a Free Agent with the Mets few thought much of the journeyman hurler.  He would however go on the best run of his career, posting four straight 10 win seasons and two All Star Game appearances and a run that helped the Mets face the Yankees in the “Subway Series”.  As a Met, Rick Reed finished in the top five in WHIP twice.

Not too bad for a forgotten player and former replacement!

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 11/7/95.
  • Departed: Traded to the Minnesota Twins for Matt Lawton 7/30/01.
  • Games Played: 140
  • Notable Statistics: 59-36 Record
    138 Games Started
    3.66 ERA
    8 Complete Games
    888.2 Innings Pitched
    590 Strikeouts
    4.08 FIP
    1.155 WHIP
    16.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All Star Game (1998 & 2001*)

    * Reed was traded to the Minnesota Twins after the All Star Game.
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