Arizona is at it again. Less than a week ago the D’Backs pulled off a traded acquiring Mark Trumbo, parting ways with Tyler Skaggs & Adam Eaton in a 3 way deal. Today Arizona traded off another young piece of their minor league system. Matt Davidson will be joining Adam Eaton in Chicago while Addison Reed will now be closing games for the Diamondbacks. Lets take a closer look at all the players involved.
The AL central isn’t a bad place to play, but from a divisional stand point the NL west is an improvement. For someone with a 45% fly ball rate and pitching half his games in U.S. Cellular Field, Reed doesn’t allow that many home runs. He should be able to maintain that success with a move to NL west, or should I say the national league in general.
Unlike in Chicago, Reed will have a high-powered offence behind him. The pitching staff contains some good players, but there are only a couple of guarantees. Combined they should ensure Arizona some close games and many save opportunities for Reed. I think the 40 saves he earned last year is an easily attainable number and should serve as a baseline when judging him now. I had him ranked 9th among closers before this deal, but I would bump him up one or two slots now.
Davidson was more than likely going to start the year at AAA or possibly on the bench for the Diamondbacks. With Prado on board and recently acquired Trumbo he had no place to play. There really is no competition for him in Chicago giving him an opportunity to be a starting third baseman come spring time.
Davidson isn’t an overly impressive batter. His batting average could use some work as it’s sits just below .270, and he could benefit from a few less strikeouts. On the positive side he’s capable of taking an above average number of walks and has enough power to hit 20 or more home runs. In a way he’s very similar to Chicago minor league first baseman Andy Wilkins. Once Konerko is gone, they will have to unimpressive solid players manning the corners.
Before this trade Davidson was just someone to watch, but now he’s someone to consider when drafting. He shouldn’t be viewed as a starter, but for leagues that play with a corner infield spot he would be perfect. Look to take him in the later rounds, although he could be gone earlier if pre-season hype warrants it.
He goes from being a later middle round pick to someone you can grab off the waiver wire. He should be setting things up for Reed, so in holds leagues he’ll have some value. He has decent strikeout potential, but limited innings held them down as a closer. He could rack up a few more K’s going from the 9th inning to the 8th.
The Diamondbacks traded three pieces of their minor league system in a weeks time, but overall they were pieces they could afford to lose. They are rich in pitching so while Skaggs may sting it might not matter much in the long run. Eaton is young and full of potential, but Trumbo isn’t over the hill. A.J. Pollock may not have the upside of someone like Eaton, but he’s a solid player that lessens the sting of this move. Davidson was a solid third baseman but he wasn’t going to be a star and he wasn’t going to start this year. This move solidifies the bullpen and puts Arizona in a position to win now and for the next few years.
Overall I like the moves both of these teams have made recently, from a baseball and fantasy prospective. Everybody is a winner here, and that doesn’t happen that often.