In mid-December, the Chicago White Sox quietly made one of the worst trades of the entire off-season. In their second of two off-season trades with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox sent their now 25-year old closer, who recorded 40 saves in 2013 for a team that won only 67 games, to the Diamondbacks for Matt Davidson, a “middle-of-the-order run-producer” who couldn’t even crack the Sox’ Opening Day roster in a weak infield. While Davidson could still turn into something, seeing as he is 23-years old, giving up a legitimate closer for a guy who may or may not become a producer for the team is a horrible move.
Last season, Reed saved 40 games, while blowing eight saves. While the blown saves number seems a little high, when you look at some of the defensive catastrophes he was given, as also take into consideration the fact that he is only 25, these numbers are not only respectable, but good. Reed looked to be a sure-fire All Star as a relief pitcher, something the Sox have been accustomed to for a while. When you look at some of the relief pitchers that team has had since 2000, the list includes Keith Foulke, Dustin Hermanson, Bobby Jenks and even Shingo Takatsu, who eventually became a below-average pitcher.
Davidson very well could become that run-producer GM Rick Hahn hopes he can be, but for the moment this is one of the worst trades of in a while, and it shouldn’t surprise anybody that the move was made by the White Sox. Especially not Ken Griffey Jr.