Diamondbacks acquire closer Reed from White Sox
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers went into baseball’s winter
meetings looking for a starting pitcher, not giving much thought to
the back end of his pitching staff.
When the Chicago White Sox called and asked if he’d be
interested in closer Addison Reed, Towers jumped at the chance to
improve a part of the team that’s struggled the past couple of
The Diamondbacks bolstered their bullpen on Monday by acquiring
Reed in a trade that sent third base prospect Matt Davidson to the
”I didn’t think he’d be available, to be quite honest,” Towers
said. ”We weren’t really focused on the back end of the bullpen,
we didn’t see, in my eyes at least, any direct match with them and
through conversation they said would you be interested in our
closer Addison Reed. Well, yes, with some of the issues we had in
The Diamondbacks finished 81-81 for the second straight season,
a total that clearly could have been higher if the bullpen didn’t
tie Houston for the most blown saves in the majors with 29.
Reed should give Arizona an upgrade at the back end and
stability, with four years still left on his contract.
The 24-year-old right-hander was seventh in the majors with 40
saves last season and finished 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 68
appearances. Opponents hit .215 against Reed, who had 72
strikeouts, 23 walks and eight blown saves.
Towers said Reed, who has 69 saves since 2012, will be given
every opportunity to be Arizona’s closer coming out of spring
”I’m going into spring training and I’m going to try to do
everything I can to prove to them that that ninth inning belongs to
me and compete for that job,” Reed said. ”Closer is the only
thing I’ve ever dreamed of, the only thing I’ve ever wanted, so I’m
going to make their decision as tough as possible to put me in any
position other than the ninth inning.”
The Diamondbacks traded away two of their best young players in
a three-way trade at the winter meetings, unloading outfielder Adam
Eaton and left-hander Tyler Skaggs for slugger Mark Trumbo.
Davidson was considered one of Arizona’s top prospects and hit
.280 with 32 doubles, 17 homers and 74 RBIs with Triple-A Reno last
season. The 22-year-old hit .237 with three homers in 31 games in
the majors, but wasn’t expected to get many at-bats with the
Diamondbacks’ infield depth.
The White Sox used Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger at third
base last season, and Davidson gives them a potentially big bat in
”We feel that he (Davidson) has the potential to be a
middle-of-the-order run producer for a long time,” White Sox GM
Rick Hahn said. ”Whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon
thereafter, we’ll have to figure out over the coming weeks and
months as we get to know him and see him ourselves. He obviously
was young for the Triple-A level last year.”
AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this