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Thoughts on the Matt Davidson-Addison Reed trade

Interesting deal announced today, no? A young big league closer for a solid third base prospect. So, who’s the winner?

Twitter was blowing up about it, with most people feeling the White Sox by far got the better end of the deal by getting Davidson, who should have every chance to be Chicago’s starting third baseman in 2014. I had some good back-and-forth with Jason Parks from Baseball Prospectus (@ProfessorParks) and Mike Newman (@ROTOScouting) of RotoScouting.com about it, if you want to check that out.

I think I’m probably the biggest fan of Davidson of the three of us (he was No. 64 on our Top 100, for whatever that’s worth), though I’m not delusional about him. There’s some question about whether he can stay at third — some think he can’t — but I think he’ll be adequate there. And I think there’s enough bat there for him to be a solid regular at the hot corner.

Does that mean the White Sox won this deal? I’m not quite ready to go there just yet. Reed is a 25-year-old closer with 69 saves over the past two years, including 40 in 2013. It also should be noted that he won’t be arbitration eligible until 2015, so the D-backs have two years of closing on the cheap. And they can let Brad Ziegler go back to setting up if they so choose (or the other way around). Or J.J. Putz could reclaim the role and Arizona could have a very solid pen. So I can see the value there.

The larger question is: Does an everyday third baseman trump a relief pitcher? Assuming you believe Davidson can be a regular at third, then it depends on how productive he can be. I think he has the chance to be good enough offensively to give Chicago a slight edge in this deal, though maybe not by as much as some on Twitter were initially saying.

I’ve had the pleasure of doing stories on both of these guys over the years. I dug up a feature I did on Reed when he had gone from being San Diego State’s closer to replacing some guy named Strasburg in their rotation.

I wrote about Davidson this past summer, when he won the Futures Game MVP Award. And here’s the on-field video interview I did with him:

OMG: NL West

We’re down to the final two divisions in our quest to unveil all 30 organization’s Top 20 prospects lists. Today, the NL West went live. Here are the links to the previews and the lists:

D-backs: Preview | List

Rockies:  List (Preview wasn’t up just yet)

Dodgers: Preview | List

Padres: Preview | List

Giants: Preview | List

And, of course, the OMGs (One More Guy) for the NL West systems:

D-backs — Kyle Winkler, RHP

Rockies — Tom Murphy, C

Dodgers – Garrett Gould, RHP

Padres — Travis Jankowski, OF

Giants — Adam Duvall, 3B

 

A quick note… B3 will be out of pocket tomorrow, so the AL West OMGs will be a bit tardy.

AFL Reports: White Sox, O’s and Braves

Been a busy week, what with participating in our democracy and all. Let’s catch up, shall we?

The report on the White Sox featured Trayce Thompson. The video report focused on Thompson, Carlos Sanchez and Andy Wilkins.


The Orioles’ report featured Jonathan Schoop, while the video report’s focus was on Schoop, Clay Schrader and Chris Petrini.

And, finally, the report on the Braves centered around Nick Ahmed , while the video report focused on Edward Salcedo, Ahmed and Cory Rasmus.

And a quick catch up on Stars of the Day:

Monday: Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks. The D-backs’ No. 5 prospect went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and 3 RBIs.

Tuesday: Nick Franklin of the Mariners. The M’s No. 3 prospect went 4-for-5, with two doubles and 6 RBIs.

Wednesday: Logan Darnell of the Twins. The left-hander went four innings, allowing no runs on one hit while walking none and striking out five in his first AFL start.

Thursday: Rymer Liriano of the Padres. The Padres’ No. 1 prospect went 3-for-5 with two doubles and 3 RBIs.

 

AFL Report: Pirates

You can read all about the Pirates prospects in the AFL, featuring Vic Black. You can also watch the video report, which focuses on Black, Brandon Cumpton and Gift Ngeope. Black and Cumpton are currently on the Pirates’ Top 20.

 

And Monday’s Star of the Day goes to…

Chase Anderson of the Diamondbacks. The right-hander, ranked No. 19 on the D-backs’ Top 20, has flown under the radar because of injuries that forced him to miss nearly all of 2011. But he had a very solid 2012 season in Double-A and he’s kept it up in the Fall League. In his third AFL start on Monday, Anderson tossed four shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out five. He now has a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 IP, with the league hitting just .152 against him.

 

One more guy: Arizona Diamondbacks

It’s organization preview time again. Monday was day one of a 30-day stretch, with a detailed look at one team’s farm system each day. And this year, for the first time ever on MLB.com, we’ve got ranked Top 10 lists for each team!

Today, we started with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Obviously, each team has way more than 10 prospects, so here on B3, I’m going to try andPollock.jpg write up “one more guy” from each system. It might be the guy who’d be No. 11 or it just might be another intriguing prospect of some sort. Today’s One More Guy (OMG) is…

A.J. Pollock, OF: Pollock, Arizona’s first-round pick from 2009 out of Notre Dame, is on a few other Top 10 lists, and he wasn’t far off of mine. He missed all of 2010 with a fractured elbow suffered in Spring Training a year ago. He did come back in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .313/.389/.406 while going a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen-base attempts in 16 games.

He’s got a good bat and a solid approach at the plate. He runs pretty well and his baseball instincts allow his solid-average tools to play up. There are some who see him as a 4th outfielder, rather than an every-day guy, when all is said and done, but without much pro experience under his belt, it’s a little difficult to make that determination just yet. His 2011 season, which could begin in Double-A, will help determine that.

D-Backs make big signing

No, it’s not first-rounder Barret Loux. Looks like he’s not going to sign.

They did, however, sign toolsy high school outfielder Ty Linton (check out his Draft Report), their 14th round pick. The two-sport standout was signed away from going to the University of North Carolina for a $1.25 million bonus, which will be spread out over five years.

So while they may not be signing Loux, they have had some success today, with the Linton deal adding to Blake Perry and Tyler Green.

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