Diamondbacks Acquire Addison Reed For Matt Davidson

The Diamondbacks announced that they have acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox in exchange for third baseman Matt Davidson. MLB.com's Steve Gilbert first reported that the trade was on the verge of happening (on Twitter).

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Reed, 24, has saved 69 games for the White Sox over the past two seasons, posting a 4.20 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 126 1/3 innings in that time. Sabermetric stats such as FIP (3.38) and SIERA (3.33) feel that Reed's ERA should have been substantially lower in that time. The Diamondbacks will control Reed through the 2017 season and he is not arbitration eligible until next offseason, making him a highly affordable piece to add to the back-end of their bullpen.

Davidson, 23 in March, made his big league debut in 2013, slashing .237/.333/.434 with three homers in 87 plate appearances. The 2009 supplemental-rounder entered the 2013 campaign ranked as Baseball America's No. 88 overall prospect and MLB.com's No. 77 overall prospect. Davidson delivered on that praise by slashing .280/.350/.481 with 17 homers in 500 plate appearances prior to his promotion to the big leagues. He is controllable through the 2019 season and can't reach arbitration eligibility until at least the 2016-17 offseason.

Reed will step into the ninth-inning role for the Diamondbacks, relegating J.J. Putz and Brad Ziegler to setup duties. Arizona GM Kevin Towers has added some youth to his bullpen while shedding the salary of Heath Bell over the past week.

Davidson, meanwhile, can fill a long-term need for the White Sox, ideally solidifying third base for the South Siders for years to come. White Sox third basemen batted .249/.294/.352 last season, so Davidson should eventually displace the projected platoon of Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger. He will join an increasingly young core for the White Sox consisting of Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton and Jose Dariel Abreu.

Arizona's acquisition of Mark Trumbo last week (a trade on which Towers and White Sox GM Rick Hahn also lined up) pushed Martin Prado back to third base on a full-time basis for the Snakes, likely leading to the belief that Davidson had become expendable (Prado is under contract for three more seasons). The White Sox could look to the free agent market to add any number of closer-types available, or they could elect to stay in-house and use flamethrower Nate Jones in the ninth inning.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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357 Comments on "Diamondbacks Acquire Addison Reed For Matt Davidson"


First Bleed
1 year 7 months ago

Wow! That was unexpected.

Lilstackhustla
1 year 7 months ago

Is it just me or does it seem like the ChiSox just did real well in this trade?

Theodore John Repp IV
1 year 7 months ago

WhiteSox really starting to put together a great young core for their future. (Garcia, Abreu, Eaton, and now Davidson).

FS54
1 year 7 months ago

and Beckham.

Thunda Pig
1 year 7 months ago

Haha good one

Farmer Tan Colin!
1 year 7 months ago

That Rick Hahn…he’s soooo hot right now.

RedBaron9495
1 year 7 months ago

Plus Semien and Gillaspie. Viciedo is still very young too.

Galaxamus
1 year 7 months ago

D-backs too

Dan Webb
1 year 7 months ago

The Sox did real well. This guy is going to be a masher.

Jose Villasano
1 year 7 months ago

not bad

Brandon Marin
1 year 7 months ago

Wonderful trade for the diamondbacks here.

Bryan
1 year 7 months ago

Great deal for the Sox. A closer is irrelevant on a non-contending team and they get a guy with tremendous power potential. Hahns building a really nice core.

dro03
1 year 7 months ago

Yup (see Sergio Santos and Bobby Jenks)

Jefftown37
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, seems like a Billy Beane closer trade of old, where saves artificially bump up trade value. Reed is good, but his 3.77 xFIP ranked 88th in the majors last season.

jp1198
1 year 7 months ago

I agree, I don’t love Davidson but unless Reed becomes the next Mariano Rivera (which is highly unlikely) the White Sox can’t really lose this trade. They’ll be good in a few years.

AZDbacksfan1
1 year 7 months ago

I thought this was a steal. While Davidson has potential to hit 20+ HRs, Reed is cost controlled closer with 40 saves last season and more room to grow and mature

Slappy McGee
1 year 7 months ago

Closers are all but worthless on last place teams. The Twins need to do the same with Perkins.

Ryan
1 year 7 months ago

I totally agree that the Twins need to trade Glen Perkins and they should have done it last July when his value was really high but they didn’t unfortunately

GRINGOMHT
1 year 7 months ago

yes but he had 8 BS and 4 losses last season feels just like a cost controlled Putz or Bell

Phil Ebarb
1 year 7 months ago

W/L record means little to a reliever, he’s 24, if he got 40 saves and blew 8 when the sabermetrics show his pitching was negatively affected by the defense behind him, than every stat I see looks good.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 7 months ago

xFIP 3.77 — that’s a pretty darn important stat and it’s pretty pedestrian; if a team can’t find a reliever to post an xFIP of 3.77 for a cost of less than a “really good prospect”, then they’re probably not a very adept front office. Of course, they just traded 2 “really good prospects” for a poor fielding 1B-man with no on-base ability so that they can play him in the OF. So… I guess the “adept front office” ship has sailed already…

WillieWildkat
1 year 7 months ago

Post of the year!

Andrew Cromack
1 year 7 months ago

Can someone explain XFip to me. I am not familiar with how sabermetrics work.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 7 months ago

Saves? You’re doing it wrong, bro…

Roy Baker
1 year 7 months ago

I like this for both teams.

CHW gets a 3b/1b prospect who can kind of rake, Zona gets a closer that they need (they can win the West, IMO…enough talent to do so).

Ross Petterson
1 year 7 months ago

I’m not sure how i feel about this. I like Davidson a lot, but Reed is a pretty good closer

whitesoxgm
1 year 7 months ago

It’s nice to fill one hole, but feels like they just opened up a new whole. Who closes now?

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 7 months ago

Lindstrom? Or maybe they will go after Balfour or Benoit now. That part should be easier to fill then filling third base. The only problem I have with Chicago is that they have reaped in a ton of potential young talent, but most (if not all) is unproven talent.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 7 months ago

Nate Jones

whitesoxgm
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, I see either jones or a vet FA. Most of the time if you go rebuilding the talent will be unproven. They have a fantastic young core that can compete in the next few years, as long as catcher isn’t the black hole it has been.

Jack Conness
1 year 7 months ago

You are kidding about the Sox going after Balfour or Benoit right?

jwsox
1 year 7 months ago

Webb, jones, or lindstrom can all close. Again the whitesox deal from a position of depth for a position of need. Reed is nice and a very good closer but at the same time. They needed a third basemen more than they needed a closer.

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

*Hole. But Don Cooper can turn just about anyone into a closer. Lindstrom can close, Nate Jones maybe. The White Sox are expect to lose 90 games this year. They don’t need a closer right now. The White Sox have some pitchers in the minors but nothing for 3B prospects. Plus Davidson is under team control two years longer then Reed.

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 7 months ago

I am not totally sure they will lose 90 games this year. I think they will be better than expected.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 7 months ago

Even if it’s not 90 losses, the point is still valid — even if they lose 80 games, it still doesn’t matter who the closer is.

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 7 months ago

That is a fine point , I just don’t think they will be that bad.

The_Porcupine
1 year 7 months ago

Can probably get a Free Agent on a 1 year stop gap deal. The market is flooded with closer types, there are bound to be bargains.

Phillies_Aces35
1 year 7 months ago

Papelbon …please?

whitesoxgm
1 year 7 months ago

How about Dunn and kepp for him?

Robb Birdman
1 year 7 months ago

dunn? you realize they have ryan howard right.

whitesoxgm
1 year 7 months ago

It was a joke, don’t see that trade benefiting either side

BK
1 year 7 months ago

This is actually not a bad idea. If the Sox can find away to pay ALL of Paplebons deal and also get someone like Dom Brown or some lottery ticket prospects, it might be a great addition for their core.

whitesoxgm
1 year 7 months ago

Don’t see brown fitting into their outfield. Hard to see them giving up on Dayan just yet.

cubtex
1 year 7 months ago

plenty of options still left in FA

justinept
1 year 7 months ago

Who cares? Closers are a dime a dozen. Power hitting 3B at a cost-controlled price are not.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 7 months ago

Who cares who closes? Relievers are a dime a dozen. You can find a reliever; Davidsons don’t grow on trees.

coco1997
1 year 7 months ago

Daniel Webb.

Jim Taylor
1 year 7 months ago

How bout Nate Jones. Technically he was a better pitcher than Addison Reed last year. Unless your big on the “Save” thing.

Red_Line_9
1 year 7 months ago

Completely agree, though some relievers don’t adjust well to the 9th inning roll.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
1 year 7 months ago

Wow. I actually like this deal for Arizona.

TheoHoyer
1 year 7 months ago

Good trade for both teams.

TAKERDBACKS
1 year 7 months ago

Tanaka is the key for the dbacks.if they get him they did well this offseason.otherwise we didnt do nothing to help our staff.maybe garza.but we need a big time pitcher to help corbin and bradley coming up.cahill mccarthy delgado all suspect.miley is a coin toss.

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 7 months ago

I am not totally sold on Tanaka, i am not sure that he will even get posted soon. Do you really want to spend all that money on an unproven talent.

TheoHoyer
1 year 7 months ago

Sorry, but Tanaka is coming to the Cubs :)

…..I can wish, right?

carmot
1 year 7 months ago

Not sure he’ll even get posted. If he does, would Arizona really beat out all bidders? I see it ranked like this:

NYY
CHC
SEA
LAA
TEX
ARI
SF
HOU

It’s not likely $18M AAV for 6 years would even win. Maybe Yanks or Cubs go 20M+ per for 7 years? That’s 7/160M total.

Jim Taylor
1 year 7 months ago

Even if everyone posts $20 million and he had his choice, why would he even choose ARZ. Logically speaking i think NYY,SEA, or LA would be the choice since they do have a large Japanese population that would make transititioning to the States alot easier.

ratboy
1 year 7 months ago

He’s not getting posted, but with the new posting system really a team just has to woo the player being posted, really doesn’t depend that much on location. That being said several teams have the ability to offer Tanaka much more than the Dbacks.

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 7 months ago

Is this a good trade for the White Sox? As a Royals fan I got to see Reed quite a bit and knew he had 40 saves last year with a 3.80 era. Wondering if they could of got a way better deal or if Davidson has a lot of upside that stats don’t really show?

booyahtastic
1 year 7 months ago

Sox always seem to be able to spit out RP or SP without even trying, but they cant produce any positional players from the farm. This should work out in the White Sox favor, although it is more of a move for 2015 and beyond than it is for the 2014 season.

Jack Conness
1 year 7 months ago

You are right. The Sox never seem to develop any hitters. Brian Anderson, Josh Fields, Jerry Owens, and Joe Borchard just to name a few. Big time flops.

Jay
1 year 7 months ago

Solid analysis. White Sox have almost no guarantees in their farm for position players, but are somehow able to find pitchers left and right. I mean for example, how the hell did they come up with Jose Quintana out of literally no where to become a VERY solid pitcher?

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

Two words, Don Cooper.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

Davidson is extremely undersold in this post. Of course, I have ties to him and the DBacks so I am a little biased. He was blocked by Prado at 3rd, otherwise I don’t think the DBacks would have made this deal

Jeff Weissbuch
1 year 7 months ago

Is martin prado truly the long term answer

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

I could go either way on this. Why wouldn’t he be? Especially if he bounces back. But even if you want to argue no, the DBacks have 3B prospects that are a few years off

Jonas Salk
1 year 7 months ago

Davidson was the 77th ranked prospect in all of baseball last season. You don’t rate that high if their isn’t a ton of potential. Plus, his minor league number’s are actually pretty impressive and his stint with Arizona last season showed he doesn’t appear to be overmatched.

TAKERDBACKS
1 year 7 months ago

dbacks prospects dropping like flies. But reed has nasty stuff

bryce1344
1 year 7 months ago

Davidson had no place to play now that Trumbo will play LF Prado will play 3rd. Plus, D’Backs still have 2 good 3rd base prospects in minors in Lamb and Drury.

TAKERDBACKS
1 year 7 months ago

I understand.its not about trading him or prospects.just a few years ago are farm system wasstacked.its getting very thin very fast.these guys are worth much more.towers is a gambler.hes putting all his chips in.he knows if they lose this year hes gone.

Christopher Rioux
1 year 7 months ago

And that’s always a scary concept — guys with their finger on the trigger and their head on the chopping block don’t always make the most objective evaluators of talent and value.

TAKERDBACKS
1 year 7 months ago

Exactly. Fans get the worse of it

ratboy
1 year 7 months ago

Dbacks will be just mediocre enough not to fire Towers. Unfortunately.

TAKERDBACKS
1 year 7 months ago

I cant see another 500 season . Sick of inconsistent play

ratboy
1 year 7 months ago

Then avoid Fox Sports Arizona starting in March.

BRANDON
1 year 7 months ago

Both teams get better in this deal. Chicago needs youth and gets a lot of potential in Davidson and Reed becomes Arizona’s new closer.

UnfortunateTruth
1 year 7 months ago

Both sides calling it a win. You don’t see that everyday. D-backs will love Reed at the back of their bullpen though.

diehardmets
1 year 7 months ago

Hahn is doing an excellent job with the White Sox this offseason. That farm system is still brutal, but he has managed to add several nice, ML ready core pieces on offense. I imagine a Ramirez trade is next.

cubtex
1 year 7 months ago

I am a Cubs fan but I have to admit that I really like the deals that Hahn has made so far.

Revery
1 year 7 months ago

Yup. Us Cub fans are starting to bite our collective lips at Mr. Hahn.

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

The Cubs have Jed Hoyer and Theo running your team. What more could you ask for?

Revery
1 year 7 months ago

It’s transaction envy at its worst. I’d ask for something a little more than George Kottaras, Wesley Wright and Justin Ruggiano. Each a decent move, just missing impact really.

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

On the bright side at the rate that Hahn is making moves both teams in Chicago might have playoff aspirations by 2016.

Jordan
1 year 7 months ago

It is amazing as a sox fan to see action to rebuild. Hopefully the next draft or 2 can bring more depth to the lower levels since they have 4-5 really nice prospects and the system can balance out

Dbacksfan44
1 year 7 months ago

I agree. With the solid position player core, along with Sale and Quintana, this team can contend in a few years

diehardmets
1 year 7 months ago

Their OF is already over crowded. They do need some help at C though, so I wonder if Centeno could interest them.

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

It is only over crowded for one year. After that both Dunn and Konerko are gone. You can move Viciedo to DH and De Aza to LF if you keep either of them that is.

Robb Birdman
1 year 7 months ago

hopefully to us :) i imagine they have no interest in davis or murphy so maybe someone from the outfield? MDD? Lagures? Captain Kirk?

rct
1 year 7 months ago

I wouldn’t trade Lagares for Ramirez (age/cost/etc), I doubt they’d want MDD, and no one wants Captain Kirk.

Robb Birdman
1 year 7 months ago

yea who would trade for an improvement in a position of need for a decent player in position of have. alexi is better, cheaper and will be signed for less than drew. id pull the trigger on a 1 for 1 salary dump in a second. toss young in center grandy in right and platoon left. gets more value out of young. and solves ss for 2 yrs.

rct
1 year 7 months ago

Lagares and Ramirez had nearly identical WAR last season despite 30 fewer games and they’re projected almost identical next season. Lagares is 24, is making league minimum, and isn’t a FA until 2020.

Ramirez is 32 and has 2 years, $19.5MM left. By the time the Mets are a playoff team, Ramirez is a FA (unless the Mets would pick up another $10MM option). Next year’s SS FA class has Hanley Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, J.J. Hardy, and Jed Lowrie. Last year’s first rounder was a SS, too.

There’s no reason to give up an asset to short-term fill a hole on a non-contending team.

socklessmoejohnson
1 year 7 months ago

Also he’s not had to give up any draft picks, which was a large part of why he pursued Abreu earlier this year.

Guest
1 year 7 months ago

ChiSox really starting to put together a great young core for their future. (Garcia, Abreu, Eaton, and now Davidson)

Bryan
1 year 7 months ago

Yep, to go along with Sale and Quintana in the rotation. I like it!

bryce1344
1 year 7 months ago

Rebuild could be faster than people originally thought.

Jordan
1 year 7 months ago

really could be! can’t forget about semien and micah either. I feel like micah could be a very nice no. 2 hitter

1 year 7 months ago

Wasn’t Semien going to be their 3B of the future? I don’t understand this from the CWS point of view..

Afflictionn
1 year 7 months ago

Semien is more of a 2B/SS type of player. He was only playing 3B last year to cover for the stench that was playing there all year long.

Jordan
1 year 7 months ago

Semien is more of SS than a 3B. He can play all 3 skill infield positions well but I believe if they trade alexei he’s the SS from now on

booyahtastic
1 year 7 months ago

I agree with Steve and Jordan. You need more pop from the corner infield spots, but Semien will fill in nicely somewhere in the middle

Moebarguy
1 year 7 months ago

I know young closers are “sexy,” but Reed posted a 3.79 ERA (versus a park-adjusted 113 ERA+). I’d rather have a 22-year-old third baseman with a high power ceiling.

baseball52
1 year 7 months ago

ERA means very little to a guy who faces 3 batters a game.

Moebarguy
1 year 7 months ago

There’s truth to that. But considering Reed only owns a career 32.3% GB% and is moving to a hitter’s haven, I’m not sure that high-ERA will reduce in size.

BlakeEstes
1 year 7 months ago

U.S. Cellular Field is a hitter’s haven…

Moebarguy
1 year 7 months ago

Right. So the move to another one doesn’t help his cause.

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

The Cell is a better hitters park then Chase Field. Relax, he’ll be fine.

Moebarguy
1 year 7 months ago

Why not keep Davidson, a top hitting prospect, and just sign one of the many available relievers to close?

johnnynewguy
1 year 7 months ago

Probably cost control. Reed is a successful major league closer who is under team control through 2017 and is going to cost basically league minimum this year and maybe next year. I’m not sure about next year to be honest. With Trumbo and Prado in the majors and as I understand it hot shot 3B prospects in low A ball there really wasn’t a need for him.

Jack Conness
1 year 7 months ago

Rick Hahn making moves baby. Good deal!

North
1 year 7 months ago

A worry of mine is Reed’s extremely low ground ball rate in a stadium where Chase Field digs XBHs and the long ball.

rxbrgr
1 year 7 months ago

I’m guessing these names may have come up during the three team trade discussions last week but were tabled in order to seal that deal. This probably didn’t take long to come back to and wrap up as well.

Vail Beach
1 year 7 months ago

Is this the guy George Sanders played in “All About Eve?”