The Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their bullpen for a 2014 run, acquiring closer Addison Reed from the White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson.
The 24-year-old Reed saved 40 games in 2013 for the Sox, posting a 3.79 ERA and a 72/23 K-to-BB in 71 innings. Davidson hit .280 with 17 homers in AAA last year before being called up by Arizona late in the season. The former first-round pick hit .237 with 3 homers in 76 ABs for the D-Backs.
Reed steps right in as a late man for Arizona, and is a guy who could be there for several years. He’s only making $500,000 in 2014 and won’t hit free agency until 2017, so he’s very attractive financially as well.
Davidson gives the White Sox a younger, potentially appealing option at third base, a position that was very shaky for them going into this offseason. Juan Uribe and Chase Headley were both players believed to be on the Sox’ radar going into the winter meetings, but Uribe re-signed with the Dodgers and Headley’s trade price was likely just too steep for Chicago.