"I'm going into spring training and I'm going to try and do everything I can to prove to them that the ninth inning belongs to me and I'm the guy for that job," Reed said. "Closing is the only thing I've ever dreamed of, the only thing I've ever wanted to do, so I'm going to try and make their decision as tough as possible, (as far as putting) me in any role other than the ninth inning."
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers made Reed no promises about the closer role, saying that right-handers Brad Ziegler and J.J. Putz also would be in competition for the job in the spring.
Still, Towers was happy to reinforce his bullpen.
"It was going to be difficult for us to probably get the at-bats for Davidson that we think he needs," Towers said. "For us to get a young, controllable back-end-of-the-bullpen arm that's had the type of success that he's had..."
Reed, 24, saved 40 games in 48 chances last season, posting a 3.79 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings.
Davidson, 22, a former first-round pick and top-rated prospect, spent most of last season at Triple-A Reno, where he hit .280 with a .350 on-base percentage, a .481 slugging percentage, 17 homers and 74 RBIs in 115 games. He got a late-season call-up to Arizona and batted .237/.333/.434 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 31 major league games.
The Diamondbacks did not need Davidson to serve as a third baseman after trading for left fielder Mark Trumbo during the winter meetings. Martin Prado will move from left field to third base.
--LF Mark Trumbo is expected to bat cleanup behind No. 3 hitter 1B Paul Goldschmidt, a 1-2 punch that could be among the most formidable in the National League. Goldschmidt had a career-high 36 homers in his second season as a regular in 2013 and Trumbo had 29, 32 and 34 in his three seasons as a starter with the Angels. "I'm a huge fan of Paul. I think this lineup is going to do some real damage, and I'm glad to be a part of it," Trumbo said.
--RHP Masahiro Tanaka of the Japanese League Rakuten Golden Eagles is among the free-agent pitchers that the D-backs have an interest in toward their stated goal of beefing up the front end of the rotation. Rakuten has not decided whether to post Tanaka, however, because of a new rule agreed upon Dec. 10 that caps a major league team's posting bid at $20 million. "I think there are 29 teams in addition to us who would take a shot at him," D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said. "The playing field has changed. We've had scouts over there watching him. When the time comes, we're all going to post, and let's see." In the former free-market model, the Rangers paid a $51.7 million posting fee to the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2011 just to secure the negotiating rights to RHP Yu Darvish before signing him to a six-year, $56 million bid.
--RHP Matt Garza is among the free-agent pitchers the D-backs had interest in at the meetings, according to reports. Garza is 67-67 with a 3.84 ERA in eight major league seasons with Minnesota, Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs and Texas, where he was a trade deadline pickup as the Rangers looked to bolster their rotation for a playoff run. Garza made $10.25 million in 2013 and was said to be seeking an extension of between $12 to $14 million a year from the Cubs before they sent him to Texas.
--RHP Ervin Santana has drawn interest from the D-backs, according to reports. Free agent Santana is 105-90 with a 4.19 ERA in a nine-year career, all in the American League, which skews his ERA slightly. He has won at least 11 games five times and his peripherals indicated he could have done it last year, when he was 9-10 with 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He made $13 million last year and was said to be seeking a five-year, $100 million contract, although that may be too high considering the early free-agent market moves.
--Expect the D-backs' payroll to exceed $102 million in 2014, after president/CEO Derrick Hall said: "We have committed to a payroll that is highest in our team history. We really have to keep up with the Joneses (read Dodgers)." The Diamondbacks spent about $102 million on player salary in 2002 after winning the World Series in 2001, the only time they have reached nine figures. They have about $72 million committed to 11 players already under contract and figure to spend another $14 million on arbitration-eligible players LF Mark Trumbo, RF Gerardo Parra and RHP Brad Ziegler.
--RHP Marcos Mateo was the D-backs' selection in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. Mateo, 29, was 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 44 appearances with the Chicago Cubs in 2010-11. Mateo missed most of 2012 and part of 2013 with an elbow injury but appears fully recovered, blowing hitters away with a high-90s fastball for Estrellas in the Dominican winter league. He is 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Thirty-five bombs (homers) and how many guys are on base when he hits those home runs." -- A veteran scout, when asked what could be expected from new LF Mark Trumbo in a more hitter-friendly Chase Field this season.
The Diamondbacks accomplished half of their stated winter goals by acquiring power bat Mark Trumbo, who will play left field and hit cleanup and protect No. 3 hitter 1B Paul Goldschmidt. Next up: adding to the front end of the rotation after two straight 81-81 seasons. Goldschmidt and LHP Patrick Corbin had breakout seasons, but others underperformed, and 100 weeks on the disabled list by projected major contributors did not help. Coaching changes were a foregone conclusion, and newcomers include pitching coach Mike Harkey, first base coach Dave McKay and bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. Turner Ward was promoted to hitting coach, and Glenn Sherlock moved from the bullpen to third base coach.
BIGGEST NEEDS: The D-backs finished 26th in the majors in home runs in their first season in six without RF Justin Upton but believe they have addressed the issue by adding LF Mark Trumbo, who had 29, 32 and 34 homers in his three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. A No. 1 or No. 2 starting pitcher is next on the wish list.
ARRIVALS: OF/1B Mark Trumbo (trade with Angels), RHP Marcos Mateo (Rule 5 draft pick from Cubs), RHP Addison Reed (trade with White Sox)
DEPARTURES: RHP Heath Bell (traded to Rays), CF Adam Eaton (traded to White Sox), LHP Tyler Skaggs (traded to Angels), INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (signed with Mariners), C Wil Nieves (signed with Phillies), 3B Matt Davidson (traded to White Sox)
FREE AGENTS: 3B Eric Chavez, RHP Daniel Hudson
Chavez was very productive in his first season with the D-backs in 2013, and with 44 RBIs in 228 at-bats, had the second-best production ratio on the team behind 1B Paul Goldschmidt. At least six teams are interested in his services. Hudson was non-tendered at the contract deadline, but the D-backs said they would like him back.
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: RF Gerardo Parra, LHP Joe Thatcher, LF Mark Trumbo, RHP Brad Ziegler
GM Kevin Towers said he would be open to exploring long-term contracts for Parra and Ziegler, two of the most valuable contributors in 2013. Ziegler might receive a nice bump if he gets to arbitration because of his expanded role this season, when he had 13 saves as the closer over the final 2 1/2 months. Thatcher was not at his best after being acquired from San Diego for RHP Ian Kennedy at the trade deadline, but he was effective against lefties in the past and could return. Trumbo is expected to earn between $4.5 and $5 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility.
IN LIMBO: SS Didi Gregorius, SS Chris Owings
Owings drew considerable interest at the 2013 trade deadline, and the D-backs could be persuaded to move him in a package for a top of the rotation starter, although they would have to be overwhelmed. They have three shortstops -- Owings, Gregorius and Cliff Pennington -- under contract or control, and another on the way in Nick Ahmed. Gregorius has drawn interest and could be more likely to go.
--C Miguel Montero (left index finger surgery in October 2013) had an infection removed.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (Tommy John surgery in September 2013) likely will miss the entire 2014 season.
--OF Cody Ross (right hip surgery in August 2013) is likely to return "in April or early May," general manager Kevin Towers said.
--RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) missed the season's final four months, then was claimed off waivers by Arizona. He is expected to be ready for spring training.
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