Even though he’s only 22 and has been in the same system since 2009, Matt Davidson has many connections to his new club.
One of the strangest ties just happens to be that Davidson holds offseason workouts at the same place as the player for whom he was traded.
The White Sox continued their youth movement on Monday when they acquired the young third baseman from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for closer Addison Reed.
While he was stunned by the news, Davidson, who Baseball America recently ranked the No. 4 prospect in Arizona’s system for 2014, knows he has an opportunity ahead to secure third base for the long haul.
Davidson has a .268/.351/.452 slash line with 80 home runs and 374 RBIs in 2,539 minor-league plate appearances. He was the 35th overall pick of the 2009 draft and made his major league debut on Aug. 11.
“I’m kinda shocked, but I’m really excited,” Davidson said. “I can’t wait to get to work. With (Martin) Prado and (Mark) Trumbo I was kind of blocked a little.”
Davidson had a .237/.333/.434 line with three homers and 12 RBIs in 87 plate appearances for Arizona over the final two months of the 2013 season.
Even though he has never been to Chicago, Davidson knows several players in the system, including Adam Eaton, who just six days ago was his teammate in Arizona. Davidson also played alongside White Sox farmhand Trayce Thompson in showcase games, has played against Carlos Sanchez and he shares the same Yucaipa (Ca.) High alma mater as Scott Snodgress, who was two years ahead of him, and Mark Teahen.
Finally there’s Reed, who also works out at EM Speed and Power in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.
“It’s crazy,” Davidson said. “I saw him last week. … It’s actually pretty cool to know someone over there. It’s going to be new walking into the clubhouse, but you kind of get used it because there are new faces all the time.”
Davidson will have plenty of company in getting acquainted with players in spring training. The White Sox added Avisail Garcia in July and Leury Garcia in August. They have since signed for Jose Abreu, traded for Eaton and acquired Adrian Nieto in the Rule 5 draft.