DENVER — Addison Reed, one of the Mets who was most likely to be moved before the trade deadline, is heading to the Red Sox, a team source confirmed to the Daily News.
The righthander will be dealt in exchange for three Boston pitching prospects: Relievers Jamie Callahan, Gerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek, according to the Boston Globe.
Reed, who has postseason experience with the Mets, can help bolster the Red Sox bullpen as the team races to finish with the Yankees and Rays, who have both been active before Monday’s deadline, in the AL East.
Reed stepped in as the Mets closer this season when Jeurys Familia was unavailable because of his suspension and then injury. The 28-year-old has converted 19 of 21 save opportunities and struck out 48 over 49.1 innings pitched.
He is a free agent at the end of the year.
As of early Monday, the Mets were getting very little traction on other players they were hoping to move by Monday afternoon, like Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce.
With Bruce, they had been hoping to turn the slugging outfielder into a decent prospect, but with the Royals trading for Melky Cabrera on Sunday, the possible suitors were dwindling.
Cabrera, whom the Mets were hoping to clear out before the arrival of top prospect Amed Rosario, expected this week, had limited interest around baseball, according to an industry source.
Even though they are unlikely to make a deal to trade either of them before the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are not done working the phones.
With their salaries, the Mets are confident that they can get Bruce, Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and possibly even Neil Walker through waivers without claims and continue to try to find fits for those veterans through the month of August.
That could salvage what has been a disappointing 2017 season to date.
A last resort for the Mets would be to make Bruce a qualifying offer, which is believed to be set at over $18 million for the 2018 season. Indications are Bruce would decline such an offer, looking for a long-term deal. That would at least give the Mets draft-pick compensation when Bruce signed elsewhere.
According to the new collective bargaining agreement, however, it would not be as much compensation as in previous years. Beginning this winter, the draft-pick compensation will not include any first-round picks.
With AMARA GRAUTSKI