In his second trade of the winter with Kevin Towers, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn exchanged a young closer for a young third baseman. Matt Davidson joins center fielder Adam Eaton, acquired in the three-team deal that sent Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, in moving from Arizona to Chicago. Addison Reed will be a part of the back end of Arizona's bullpen—along with J.J. Putz and Brad Ziegler—and fills a void created with the trade of Heath Bell and his contract to Tampa Bay in a three-way deal with the Rays and Cincinnati.
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Matt Davidson, 3b. Bats: R.
Transactions: Selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 draft (35th overall).
Service time: .050. Options used: 0/3.
With three homers in the majors last year, Davidson, who has big-time raw power, reached the 20-home run plateau for the first time in his career. His long swing and inconsistent contact rate will keep his average low, however. He still has work to do at third base, but scouts have faith that Davidson has the tools to become an average defender in time. Along with Eaton and Davidson, the White Sox now boast a young core of outfielders Avisail Garcia and Dayan Viciedo, second baseman Marcus Semien and first baseman Jose Abreu.
Addison Reed, rhp
Age: 24. (25 on Dec. 27)
Transactions: Selected by White Sox in third round of 2010 draft.
Service time: 2.027. Remaining commitment: Arbitration eligible in 2015; Eligible for free agency in 2018.
(Earned $520,000 in 2013).
In his second full season as Chicago's closer, Reed excelled, racking up 40 saves, which was good for fifth in the American League. He brings a low-90s fastball most of the time and pairs it with a mid-80s slider. He also has a changeup, but it's his third pitch and sparingly used. Reed neutralized righties and lefties with nearly identical efficiency last season, holding righthanders to a .608 OPS and a lefthanders to a .597 mark. His ERA away from U.S. Cellular Field was nearly twice his mark at home. Reed, a flyball pitcher, will get a boost from having A.J. Pollock and Gerardo Parra playing behind him in center and right field. He'll just have to hope opposing hitters keep it away from Mark Trumbo in left field.