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Updated: January 18, 2014 6:23AM



The White Sox on Monday traded closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Matt Davidson, a power-hitting prospect who will join a trio of other newly acquired players in what general manager Rick Hahn called a ‘‘new core’’ for the team.

Davidson, 22, is considered a major-league-ready third baseman with middle-of-the-order power and still-developing defensive skills. He was a late-season call-up for the Diamondbacks and might be the Sox’ Opening Day third baseman next spring.

‘‘There is still refining to take place, and we’ll decide on when he’ll be ready,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘But we feel when he gets here, it will be for the long term.’’

The Sox agreed to part with Reed, 24, whose 40 saves last
season ranked fourth in franchise history, ‘‘because it was important to us to address one of our pressing needs, and clearly third base was one of them,’’ Hahn said.

Hahn said determining who will fill the closer role will be decided in the spring.

‘‘I don’t feel urgency to anoint anyone the closer now,’’ Hahn said. ‘‘We have a pretty decent track
record in finding someone [to close games] when the need arises.’’

Davidson is the fourth young power-hitting position player the Sox have acquired since July. The others are outfielder Avisail Garcia, who came from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team deal that sent right-hander Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox; first baseman Jose Abreu, whom they signed from Cuba; and outfielder Adam Eaton, whom they acquired from the Diamondbacks last week in the three-team deal that sent left-hander Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels.

Hahn said another deal might be completed soon as the Sox continue to retool after a 99-loss season.

‘‘We set out to cure some of what ails us and do it on a quicker time frame by adding pieces that are near or at major-league-ready, and we feel we’ve made good progress on that,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re excited and optimistic about the future, but we realize it’s a process. There will be growing pains.’’

In addition to his 40 saves, Reed went 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA last season. He saved a combined 69 games for the Sox the last two seasons.

Davidson appeared in 31 games with the Diamondbacks last season.
He hit .237, but he hit three home runs in an eight-game span from Sept. 15 to 22.

Davidson batted .280 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs and 74 RBI at Class AAA Reno last season. He was named the most valuable player of the Futures Game during All-Star festivities and was ranked the No. 4 prospect and the best power hitter in the Diamondbacks’ organization by Baseball America.

NOTE: Free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd officially parted ways with the Sox, signing a one-year,
$4 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. Floyd, 30, missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. He was 63-65 with a 4.22 ERA in six seasons with the Sox.

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