The Mets claimed righthander Ryan Reid off waivers from the Pirates on Monday, adding the veteran minor-leaguer to a mix of arms expected to compete for a spot in the bullpen.
Originally drafted in the seventh round by the Rays in 2006, the 28-year-old Reid made his big league debut in his eighth professional season. During his month-long call-up with the Pirates last season, Reid mostly featured a slider and a fastball that averaged 92 mph. In 11 innings spread over seven appearances, he posted a 1.64 ERA and picked up a save before he was returned to the minors for the rest of the year.
In 36 appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis, Reid finished 7-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings over 36 appearances, though his numbers masked a sharp dropoff in the second half.
Reid started fast, posting a 0.89 ERA over 40 1/3 innings during the first half of the year. But he tailed off in the second half, posting a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings.
In September, Reid was not among the Pirates' call-ups. He was designated for assignment on Dec. 13.