D-backs get closer Addison Reed for Matt Davidson
DEC 16, 2013 11:50a ET
There seems little doubt that Reed, who has 69 saves in the last two years, was added to close, even if general manager Kevin Towers hedged slightly.
"He's going to get every opportunity," Towers said. "We had some issues last year. We're going to go with the best guy. If that is Addison Reed when spring training ends, he will be our closer."
That leaves one major item left on the D-backs' off-season wish list, a No. 1 or No. 2 starting pitcher, and with the trade of an asset like Davidson, it appears almost certain the D-backs will turn to free agency to get that done. Towers also has been in contact with Eric Chavez's camp and said he hopes to know whether Chavez will be back before the holiday break.
The D-backs were linked to Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka and major league free agents Matt Garza and Ervin Santana at the winter meetings. Japanese league team Rakuten has not decided whether to "post" Tanaka, which would make him available to any major team willing to put up the $20 million fee. While some free agents, Garza and Santana among them, are said to be asking for a five-year contracts, the D-backs are not likely to go that far.
"A lot depends on who the pitcher is. We are more cautious when it comes to terms rather than dollars," Towers said. "More than three years, I don't think we're comfortable going there."