Addison Reed harbors no ill will toward his old team.
The ex-White Sox closer is back in town this weekend with his new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reed said he tried to prepare himself last season for the possibility he would be traded as he saw the clubhouse emptied of familiar faces.
So when the call came in December to inform him he had been traded to the Diamondbacks, Reed, who has converted 10 of 11 save tries, said he wasn’t completely surprised. The White Sox traded Reed to Arizona in exchange for minor-leaguer Matt Davidson.
“That’s what happens when things go bad,” Reed said. “You’ve got to make some changes and I don’t remember how many people were traded. But I remember at the trade deadline coming into the clubhouse and every day it seemed like there was somebody new in the clubhouse. Everybody kind of understands that it’s part of the game. Nowadays people know that nobody is going to stay with the same club they got drafted by.”
But somehow Reed works out with the player he was traded for in the offseason. Reed said knowing the White Sox weren’t trading him out of spite and instead because they wanted to fill a need at third base made it easier for him to accept he was moved. The right-hander, who earned 69 saves with the White Sox the previous two seasons, hoped to stay with the club that drafted him in the third round in 2010.
“Once it happened it happened and I came to spring training and that was the end of it,” Reed said. “I met all of the new guys and was ready to roll. I didn’t take it personal, didn’t think that it was my fault. They needed a guy who could play third base and Davidson, he’s a heck of a player. He’s really good. I didn’t take it personal. I didn’t think it was my fault. It was just a trade and I’m glad to be here now.”