On Monday afternoon, a report surfaced that the Chicago White Sox were close to trading closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Matt Davidson.
That trade is now official.
Reed, 24, had 40 saves and a 3.79 ERA for the White Sox last season. Despite his youth and success, the White Sox seem pleased with the deal.
“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,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago.
Davidson batted .237, posted an on-base percentage of .333 and slugged .434 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 31 games with the Diamondbacks last season.
“He obviously was young for the Triple-A level last year at age 22 and although he has a good approach at the plate and the ball jumps off the bat, there is a little refinement to take place and we’ll decide if that needs to take place here or at the Triple-A level,” Hahn explained. “I do feel that when he does get here he will be here for a long time. We have to pick the right time to start that.”