Monday night's trade means instant upgrades at closer and third base for fantasy owners
The Diamondbacks and the White Sox pulled off a one-for-one prospect swap late Monday night, trading third baseman Matt Davidson to Chicago for closer Addison Reed.
Each team upgrades at key positions where they previously lacked production. Arizona gets a new closer in Reed while Chicago will have a power hitting third baseman.
Reed hit the ground running in 2012, a year after his brief Major League debut. Last year when he took over the closer's role in Chicago, Reed posted 29 saves and 54 strikeouts in 55 innings. Last year as the full time closer reed had a 3.79 ERA and 40 saves with 72 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings. The NL West has some tough closers (Sergio Romo, Kenley Jansen, Huston Street) so the Diamondbacks made this deal to keep pace with division rivals. This acquisition aims to put the D'Backs bullpen woes to bed, as the team blew 29 saves last year using three different closers, tying for the most in MLB with Houston.
Davidson has been one of the top Diamondbacks prospects since he was drafted in the supplementary round in 2009. It took him a little while to reach the Majors as he made his debut this year, but with multiple double-digit home run season under his belt in the minors, Davidson is a valuable prospect. Following the trade, he jumped up to the top slot in the White Sox organization and will help anchor the lineup.
Fantasy players helped by this deal: Matt Lindstrom, Martin Prado
Lindstrom was an emerging closer in 2009-2010 with Florida and Houston. 2010 was his big year, with 23 saves. He's bounced around the Majors, playing for six clubs in seven MLB seasons, but he may have found a home in Chicago following the Reed trade. He's only three years removed from his breakout year and he just turned in 76 appearances last season, so he's a logical pick to close out games for the White Sox.
I'm not sure if fantasy owners are checking for Martin Prado, but he's likely the starter in Arizona at third with little to no contest from anyone. In reality, Prado's not a terrible choice. He hits close to .300 and he has some power with potential for steals. He's just not in the top tier of power guys at the position.
The word is that the Diamondbacks are trying to re-sign Eric Chavez, but take that worth a grain of salt due to his expansive injury history. The Diamondbacks have one potential corner infield prospect following the Davidson deal; Brandon Drury, who hit .302 with 15 homers and 85 RBIS in Class-A South Bend this year. Drury is pretty far away and won't be a fantasy factor until he clears at least the Double-A level.
Fantasy players hurt by this deal: Brad Ziegler, J.J. Putz
These two Diamondbacks pitchers and former closers likely won't see save opps behind Reed. Ziegler led the NL in appearances in 2013 with 78, and the year before he pitched in 77 games. He earned 13 saves last year, a career high. He'll go back to setting up. Putz, another workhorse, has posted 60+ appearances in five of his 11 seasons as a pro and converted at least 30 saves in four different seasons. Last year was the fourth straight great year for Putz ERA wise, with every season under 3.00, but he wasn't getting the ball in the ninth inning with only six saves. Ziegler and Putz are also in their mid-30s, while Reed is 24.
2014 Fantasy baseball projections:
Reed: 3-5, 3.75 ERA, 40 saves, 70 strikeouts, 71 innings, 1.10 WHIP
Davidson: .270, 20 home runs, 35 doubles, 80 RBIs, 130 hits
Prado: .280, 15 home runs, 30 doubles, 75 RBIs, 175 hits
Lindstrom: 4-7, 35 saves, 60 strikeouts, 62 innings, 1.12 WHIP
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