White Sox trade closer Addison Reed to Arizona

White Sox trade closer Addison Reed to Arizona
December 16, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The youth movement continues.

The White Sox have added another potential long-term answer on Monday as they acquired third baseman Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for closer Addison Reed.

Davidson -- who Baseball America recently ranked the No. 4 prospect in Arizona’s system for 2014 -- has a .268/.351/.452 slash line with 80 home runs and 374 RBIs in 2,539 minor-league plate appearances.

The 22-year-old, the 35 th overall pick of the 2009 draft, made his major league debut on Aug. 11. He had a .237/.333/.434 line with three homers and 12 RBIs in 87 plate appearances for Arizona. Though reports indicate some question Davidson’s footwork at third, the White Sox may have found another key piece to their core moving forward. Since the July 30 acquisition of Avisail Garcia the White Sox have added four players who would be 27 or younger on opening day, including Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Davidson.

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The White Sox paid a heavy price to acquire Davidson in Reed, who has been a steady force in the back end of the bullpen since he became the closer in May 2012. Reed converted 40 of 48 save chances in 2013 as he went 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 71 1/3 innings. The right-hander, a third-round pick of the White Sox in the 2010 amateur draft, has converted 69 of 81 tries (85.1 percent) in his career.

Though Reed slowed down in September, he lowered his ERA by almost a full point from 4.75 in 2012. One reason for his success was the development of his slider, which he threw for strikes more often last season. Reed threw his slider for strikes 56.6 percent of the time in 2012. He threw it for strikes 67.4 percent of the time in 2013.

The deal comes six days after the White Sox acquired Eaton, whom they project to be their everyday center fielder, from Arizona in a three-team trade that sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels.