For the second time in a week, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox came to an agreement on a trade. This time, without the assistance of a third team, the duo agreed to a trade of closer Addison Reed for third baseman Matt Davidson.
For Chicago, they bring in another powerful bat and a top-notch minor league resume. Despite his limited playing time with Arizona last season, Davidson was named Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star and MVP of the Futures Game in New York. He was also ranked as the Diamondbacks' No. 4 overall prospect.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn feels Davidson will develop into a middle-of-the-order type hitter, but makes no guarantees he'll assume that role out of Spring Training.
"We feel he has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order run producer for a long time, whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon thereafter, we'll have to figure out over the coming weeks and months as we come to know him and see him for ourselves," he said.
Meanwhile, for the Diamondbacks, Reed will come in and immediately compete for the closers job.
"I'm going into spring training and I'm going to try to do everything I can to prove to them that that ninth inning belongs to me and compete for that job," Reed said following the trade. "Closer is the only thing I've ever dreamed of, the only thing I've ever wanted, so I'm going to make their decision as tough as possible to put me in any position other than the ninth inning."
The 24-year-old Reed recorded 40 saves for the White Sox in 2013, and finished the season with a 3.79 ERA.
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