White Sox general manager Rick Hahn continued to make bold moves in remaking the team Monday, dealing closer Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A third baseman Matt Davidson.
The 22-year-old Davidson was named the MVP of the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field last July, and hit .280 with 17 home runs, 32 doubles, 75 RBIs and a .350 on-base percentage in 115 games at Triple-A Reno.
Davidson played in 31 games for the Diamondbacks, including 18 starts at third, hitting .237 with three homers and 12 RBI. He made his major-league debut on August 11 vs. the New York Mets and hit all three of his home runs in an eight-day span from September 15-22.
Davidson was ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the D’backs organization by Baseball America, and was ranked No. 88 in the majors by the publication in 2013. He’s expected to move right into a starting job for the Sox, who got little production out of the position last year.
The Sox gave up a 24-year-old closer in Reed who had 40 saves last year, tied for fourth-most in franchise history and fifth among American League closers. Overall he went 5-4 with a 3.79 earned-run average in 2013.
It was the second trade between the Sox and Arizona in the last week. The Sox sent Hector Santiago and Brando0n Jacobs to the Diamondbacks last Tuesday for outfielder Adam Eaton. It’s also the second time in three years offseasons the Sox have traded their closer. In December of 2011, they sent Sergio Santos to Toronto for minor league pitching prospect Nestor Molina.