When the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for prospect Matt Davidson this past offseason, they did it with the intention of making Reed their closer.
That said – D’backs manager Kirk Gibson wanted to make Reed earn the job during Spring Training, refusing to anoint him Arizona’s fireman upon the trade.
A solid Spring from Reed and Gibson is finally ready to make the commitment, announcing that Reed will enter the season as the Diamondbacks closer.
Kirk Gibson says Addison Reed is his closer.
As you may recall, the Diamondbacks had a revolving door at their closer spot during the 2013 season, using a multitude of players to man the position. The addition of Reed though, who has closed for the White Sox during the past few seasons, should give them a steady presence at the back of their bullpen.
The 25-year-old has only given up one earned run in seven innings of work during Spring Training and should be one of the National League’s top closers this season.