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The Arizona Diamondbacks have bolstered their bullpen by making their third trade of the offseason, acquiring the Chicago White Sox closer Addison Reed in exchange for third base prospect, Matt Davidson. Reed has turned in some good years as the White Sox closer, having saved 40 games last season and 29 saves in 2012. He’s a 24-year-old with tons of potential who will make the D’backs bullpen instantly stronger. Davidson by contrast is 22 and who many considered to be the future at the hot corner for the team. The great thing about this trade is the team finally addressed one of its biggest needs and holes from last year, the bullpen.
Reed has spent two full seasons in the Majors with the White Sox going 8-6 with a 4.17 ERA and 69 saves. He also has 138 strikeouts and has held opponents to a .243 average while converting 85 percent of his save opportunities. Davidson played in 31 games at the major league level last season with a slash line of .237/.333/.434 with 3 home runs and 12 RBIs. Reed is under contract through 2017 while Davidson is under contract through 2019. While it cost the D’backs one of their best prospects, Reed would appear as the closer of the future in the desert.
While some of the trades Towers has made are somewhat questionable, you have to give him credit for being active and not simply sitting back and seeing what happens. This is one of his better acquisitions of the season and addressed a major need for the team, helping the team close games. Regardless of Towers contract situation, he is doing everything he can to make the team competitive next season. Let us know what you think about the trade in the comments below.
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