Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 16, 2013
The Diamondbacks bullpen now has a Reed option in its playbook. First reported by Steve Gilbert and confirmed by the team twitter account, the Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox for 3B Matt Davidson.
Reed saved 40 games for the White Sox last season and put up a 3.79 ERA in the process. It seems likely he would slot in the back of the bullpen with J.J. Putz and David Hernandez. Whether he will take over a closer's role or be a setup man remains to be seen. He is eligible for arbitration in 2015, and will hit free agency in 2018.
Davidson made his Major League debut last season after being picked 35th overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2009 draft. He put up a .237/.333/.434 line with 3 Home Runs in 87 Plate Appearances. He is the second first round pick of the D'Backs in that draft to be traded (Bobby Borchering going to Houston in the Chris Johnson trade being the other.) and he is the second player to be dealt to the White Sox this offseason (Adam Eaton.)
This also puts renewed force into getting Eric Chavez back into the fold, reported earlier today, and further solidifies Martin Prado as the everyday third baseman.
Stay tuned to AZSnakepit for more analysis on this deal.