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White Sox acquire D-backs' Davidson
Arizona's top hitting prospect headed to South Side
12/16/2013 3:18 PM ET
Matt Davidson was fifth in the D-backs system in homers and RBIs in 2013.
Matt Davidson was fifth in the D-backs system in homers and RBIs in 2013. (Kenny Karst/MiLB.com)

The Chicago White Sox acquired third base prospect Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday in exchange for closer Addison Reed.

Davidson, MLB.com's No. 67 prospect, batted .280/.350/.481 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs in 115 games for Triple-A Reno in 2013. He made his big league debut with the D-backs on Aug. 11, going on to hit .237 with three long balls in 31 Major League games.

The 22-year-old, a first-round pick (35th overall) in the 2009 Draft, was a postseason All-Star and Southern League Championship Series Most Valuable Player for Double-A Mobile in 2012. Davidson had an action-packed July this past season. On the 14th, he blasted a two-run homer en route to earning MVP honors in the U.S.'s 4-2 win over the World team in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game in New York.

One day later, after a cross-country flight, Davidson outslugged Memphis' Brock Peterson to win the Triple-A All Star Home Run Derby in front of the home fans in Reno.

Davidson will be given every opportunity to win a starting job with the White Sox in Spring Training. Chicago's third basemen hit .236/.285/.350 in 2013 for a .635 OPS that was third-worst at the position in the Majors.

Reed, who turns 25 next week, notched 40 saves in 48 opportunities for the White Sox in 2013 after saving 29 games the year before. The right-hander appeared in 68 games for Chicago, going 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 71 1/3 innings. Reed held opposing hitters to a .215 average overall -- .220 against right-handed hitters and .210 against lefties. A college teammate of Nationals righty Stephen Strasburg at San Diego State, Reed was a third-round pick of the White Sox in 2010.

The deal was the second involving the two clubs in the past week. On Dec. 10, the White Sox and D-backs were part of a three-way trade that saw Chicago receive D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton and the D-backs net Double-A outfielder Brandon Jacobs from the White Sox in a trade that also involved the Angels and six players in all.

John Parker is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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