The Diamondbacks aren't just firing up the Hot Stove, they're cooking on the front burner. In other words, they're playing in real time, not the future.
On Monday, GM Kevin Towers traded third base prospect Matt Davidson, named the Futures Game MVP last summer, to the White Sox for closer Addison Reed.
The 6-foot-4 Reed, who turns 25 later this month, ranked seventh in baseball with 40 saves last season. In 68 appearances, he went 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA and had eight blown saves. He walked 23 and struck out 72. Opponents batted .215 against the right-hander.
The 22-year-old Davidson was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft and made his major league debut last season. In 31 games with Arizona, Davidson hit .237 with three homers. However, in addition to winning the Triple-A Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend last season, Davidson hit .280 with 32 doubles, 17 homers and 74 RBIs in Reno (AAA).
Yet Davidson joins Tyler Skaggs, Adam Eaton and David Holmberg as top prospects that have been traded away this month. In this case, the D-backs traded future power for a current closer, especially with Martin Prado now occupying third base after the recent Mark Trumbo trade fills left field.
Reed, who throws a potent slider, will bolster a D-back bullpen that blew an NL-leading 29 saves last season.
That is, if the D-backs don't turn around and trade Reed for a starting pitcher. With that in mind, at least one national report cites "MLB executives" who believe that Reed could be dealt again soon.