I must admit, I was surprised. Caught off guard to be exact. As I watched SpongeBob with my daughter on the couch, I received a MLB Trade Rumors notification on my phone.

Ho hum. Another arbitration avoidance or perhaps a minor league signing. No big deal right? Except, did that say “White Sox acquire”? I think so.

And I’m pretty sure it said “White Sox trade Addison Reed”. Whoa. That’s big. OK, maybe it’s big to me because I’m a White Sox fan, but still, this is big.

I immediately became excited. Who’d they get?!?! I hope a third baseman. Maybe a catcher. Hopefully somebody major league ready? Nah. No way Reed would bring back someone of that caliber.

Matt Davidson – Futures Game ALL – Star MVP

Picking up Matt Davidson for a Relief Pitcher is a no brainer.  Where you can easily find a Bullpen arm on the scrap heap, or trial by fire, finding a Third Baseman that can potentially play for you during the next decade is unbelievable to acquire in a straight up trade.  Davidson is Team Controllable until 2020, without even being eligible for Arbitration until 2017.  He has a Career 3 Slash in the Minor Leagues of .268/.351/.803 - with 80 HRs and 374 RBI in just north of 2200 AB.

Picking up Matt Davidson for a Relief Pitcher is a no brainer. Where you can easily find a Bullpen arm on the scrap heap, or trial by fire, finding a Third Baseman that can potentially play for you during the next decade is unbelievable to acquire in a straight up trade. Davidson is Team Controllable until 2020, without even being eligible for Arbitration until 2017. He has a Career 3 Slash in the Minor Leagues of .268/.351/.803 – with 80 HRs and 374 RBI in just north of 2200 AB.  In his limited time with the D’backs in 2013, he posted a .768 OPS in 74 AB – with 3 HRs and 12 RBI.  The 22 Year Old will be a welcomed addition to the Infield.

I go to Twitter, and my TL has absolutely exploded. Matt Davidson is coming to the White Sox from the Arizona Diamondbacks, in exchange for Addison Reed. This is good. This is really good.

Yes, Reed’s been pretty decent overall. He saved 40 games in 2013, with an ERA less than 4.00. Not bad. Not great. I like Addison. He’s developed a good slider to go along with a mid- 90′s fastball.

But, closers are a dime a dozen. Unless we’re talking about trading Mariano Rivera, I’m all for it. Don’t get me wrong, I like Addison. But, if he can bring us a potential everyday, quality third baseman, with power, for the next 10 years? Let’s go.

Sure, Matt Davidson is just a prospect. And the White Sox have certainly had their share of third base prospects. (See Josh Fields) But I like this kid.

Ranked as the 88th top prospect according to Baseball America, Davidson has tons of potential. And that’s what this team and organization needs.

Long infused with young pitching talent, the White Sox have been lacking that same young talent positionally.

Adam Eaton should be competing for starting CF position this year in Chicago. He has the tools to play the position, and gives the team a true lead-off hitter.  When you add in Alejandro De Aza and Avisail  Garcia, then you see this franchise now capable of manufacturing runs from swiping bases.

Adam Eaton should be competing for starting CF position this year in Chicago. He has the tools to play the position, and gives the team a true lead-off hitter. When you add in Alejandro De Aza and Avisail Garcia, then you see this franchise now capable of manufacturing runs from swiping bases.

In the past 5 months, Sox GM Rick Hahn has acquired Avisail Garcia, José Abreu, Adam Eaton, and now Matt Davidson.

4 legit prospects. Young, talented, and all major league ready. Something that couldn’t be said about the White Sox even a year ago. There’s still a ways to go, but this is certainly a good start.

Could Davidson be a bust? Of course he could. But I like Hahn’s determination to get the guy he wants.

He did the exact same thing last week during the Winter Meetings when he acquired Adam Eaton (from the same Arizona Diamondbacks) in a 3 three team trade.

Hahn has longed for Eaton for the last couple years, and now, he’s got him.

Sure, they dealt Hector Santiago to get Eaton. But they dealt from a position of strength, pitching. And yes, you can “never have enough pitching”. But who the hell needs (or wants) 4 left-handed starters in their rotation?

Of course it would have been nice to deal John Danks instead of Santiago.

But nobody wants the albatross of a contract that Danks has, and the Sox certainly aren’t willing to eat most of it. (Though I guarantee Danks is much improved in 2014.)

The Sox have pitching to give up, and they did just that, to acquire young talent.

If you’re mad Addison Reed is gone, fine. If you’re mad Hector Santiago is gone, fine. But your favorite baseball team just got better. Closer is an easy position to fill. Nate Jones and Daniel Webb are waiting in the wings.

You want a starter to replace Santiago? Done. Erik Johnson will be ready in 2014, as well as the recently acquired Felipe Paulino.

All I know is this: For the first time in a long time, the White Sox have young talent. At first base. In center field. In left field. And now, at third base.

There’s still more rebuilding to do, but, as of December 18th, bravo Rick Hahn.

The White Sox are far from competing from a World Series for the time being, however they have certainly expedited the rebuilding potential  by adding MLB ready level players, without depleting much of their long-term assets in return.  Look for the team to also trade Adam Dunn halfway through the 2014 year for another prospect.  This is how you build a team, by picking up several talented youngsters who can all grow into a team at the same time.  They are high prospects that are all going to benefit the team's payroll to spend on other Free Agents that may pop up as the team steadily improves.

The White Sox are far from competing from a World Series for the time being, however they have certainly expedited the rebuilding potential by adding MLB ready level players, without depleting much of their long-term assets in return. Look for the team to also trade Adam Dunn halfway through the 2014 year for another prospect. (Thanks for the prospects Arizona! This is how you build a team, by picking up several talented youngsters who can all grow into a team at the same time. They are high prospects that are all going to benefit the team’s payroll to spend on other Free Agents that may pop up as the team steadily improves.

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He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 4.

He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator.

Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan.   

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