Reliever Addison Reed has signed a two-year contract worth $16.75 million with the Minnesota Twins.

Reed made 77 appearances for the Red Sox and New York Mets in 2017, going 2-3 with 19 saves, 15 holds and a 2.84 ERA.

What Reed lacks in electric stuff, he makes up for in durability. Over the past five seasons, the right-hander has made 342 appearances, fifth in the majors behind Bryan Shaw, Tony Watson, Cody Allen and Tyler Clippard.

Reed, 29, also is a consistent strike-thrower, walking only 2.25 batters per nine innings since 2013. He has been a setup man and a closer in seven seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Mets and Red Sox. He wasn't eligible for a qualifying offer because he was traded midseason.

The Athletic first reported the Twins' agreement with Reed, which is pending completion of a physical exam.

ESPN's Scott Lauber contributed to this report.

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From top-flight starting rotations, bullpens and defenses to lineups that won't quit, there are only a handful of teams in it to win it in 2018.

How much should Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts get paid this year?

Three judges will decide.

The Red Sox reached one-year contract agreements Friday with nine of their 10 arbitration-eligible players, beating the deadline to exchange figures for a potential hearing. Betts was the lone holdout, and according to Sox assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran, the sides have agreed to let a panel of three arbitrators determine the All-Star right fielder's 2018 salary in a hearing next month.

A date for the hearing has not yet been set. The Red Sox submitted a $7.5 million salary figure for Betts, who is seeking $10.5 million. The panel will choose one figure or the other. If the Sox and Betts' representatives had agreed to continue to negotiate, the sides could have settled on a midpoint at any time before the hearing.

While it's largely atypical for a player to request a hearing if a settlement isn't reached before the exchange of salary figures, the "file and trial" approach has become more common over the past few years. The advantage, according to one source, is that the idea of a hearing forces both sides to make more reasonable requests early in the process rather than wasting time and resources trying to bridge an unnecessarily large gap in the weeks before a hearing date.

Arbitration hearings are commonly considered to be unpleasant, with players listening as team officials present reasons to pay them less. But former Houston Astros president Tal Smith, who has prepared more than 1,000 cases as an arbitration consultant for several teams, has long maintained that hearings aren't nearly as contentious as outsiders would think.

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AP Photo/Jim MoneNow that Jack Morris is going to Cooperstown, voters should consider pitchers with shorter careers but higher performances. Case in point: Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling.

Morris had a long career but was never dominant. What does that mean for pitchers like Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling making it to Cooperstown?
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Don't let the romanticism of October and November baseball cloud your judgment: Are the World Series clubs really at the top of the pack?
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Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton put the Big in the Big Apple. Is it a clown question to ask if both rank ahead of Bryce Harper in right field?
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A dynamic group of newly minted stars has risen to center field's elite, but can anyone challenge baseball's best player in the Age of Trout?
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The Cardinals landed a big Fish for their outfield, while other top performers -- including last year's No. 1 -- sunk.

AP Photo/Winslow TownsonSince baseball has no clock, a game could last forever ... or could it? We test September's 19-inning Boston-Toronto epic to see how much players -- and fans -- could endure.

On Sept. 5, Hanley Ramirez flared an 0-2 fastball into shallow center field. Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar charged in but couldn't catch the ball, and Mookie Betts -- who took off almost on contact -- raced home from second to score. With that bloop single, Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox won the longest game of the 2017 season, after 19 innings, 544 pitches and exactly six hours of play.

What this article presupposes is: What if they didn't?

What if Pillar had caught the ball, and what if Betts had been doubled off second base and what if the game had then gone to the 20th inning, and what if nobody could score, and what if, with expanded September rosters, neither team ran out of pitchers for a really, really long time? What if the game had continued for not one more inning or five more, but 31 more? What would a 50-inning baseball game look like?

Barring rules changes that force tie games to speedy conclusions, or an end to baseball and/or the world, it will happen some day. It's preposterous, and it probably won't happen in your lifetime, but on a long enough timeline, everything does. And one of two things will happen:

  1. One team will quit.
  2. The nature of the sport will change, midgame, into something we rarely see in baseball but that has existed for a century on the fringest of American competition: endurance torture.

I don't believe either team would have quit on Sept. 5. The Blue Jays had somehow used only seven pitchers by the 19th inning. And the Red Sox, who had used 12, were in a pennant race against the charging New York Yankees

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Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesEven if Boston adds a big bat before spring training, it won't be enough unless a sometimes ice-cold offense bounces back from a down year in 2017.

Even if Boston adds a big bat before spring training, it won't be enough unless its stars bounce back from down years in 2017.

BOSTON -- Pitchers Carson Smith and Steven Wright, both coming off injuries, agreed to one-year contracts with the Boston Red Sox that avoided salary arbitration.

Wright gets a nonguaranteed salary of $1.1 million under the deal announced Monday, and Smith receives $850,000.

Smith missed most of the past two seasons while recovering from an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Since he was acquired by the Red Sox, the reliever has appeared in eight games over two years.

An All-Star in 2016, Wright made just five starts last season. The knuckleballer had left knee surgery in May.

Ten Boston players remain eligible for arbitration, including shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., and pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez. Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday.

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These young franchise shortstops have begun a rivalry that will last for years. But who's better?
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The Astros' all-world infielder is the clear choice for No. 1. But beyond him, the competition gets fierce.
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Where future Hall of Famers used to dominate, a younger group of power hitters has pushed its way into the ranks of baseball's best.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsA huge 2017 season hasn't kept J.D. Martinez from having to wait well into the offseason to find a new home. What's behind the glacial pace of this hot stove season?

The calendar says January, but the list of remaining free agents looks a lot like it did when the MLB season ended in November. From a less-than-stellar crop of free agents to teams with an eye on next year's superstar class and a certain agent holding many of the cards this winter, there are plenty of reasons for a cold stove that has to heat up.

We asked writers Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller and David Schoenfield to explain the slow pace of free agency and make predictions about what will happen when things finally get moving. 

What is the biggest factor causing the slow pace of free agency this winter?

Bradford Doolittle: It'll be an interesting postmortem when the dust finally settles, but I suspect it's the 2018 free-agent class that is gumming the works. That has kept the Yankees and Dodgers in check, which muddles the top of this market, and all is a result of the new collective bargaining agreement. But maybe the biggest factor of all is that this isn't a great class and teams are just more savvy than ever when it comes to spending money efficiently.

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