MLB Notes: Braves sign Floyd, D-backs land Reed

MLB Notes: Braves sign Floyd, D-backs land Reed
December 16, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Addison Reed (right) was 40 for 48 in save opportunities last season. (USA Today Images)

Hot stove action has slowed down since the winter meetings ended last Thursday, but a few moves were announced Monday morning.

Braves sign Gavin Floyd
The Braves added rotation depth with a low-risk, middling-reward signing of right-hander Gavin Floyd.

Floyd, the No. 4 overall pick by the Phillies in 2001, is coming off Tommy John surgery. He went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in an injury-shortened 2013 season with the White Sox, but had several years of success before that.

From 2008-12, Floyd was 62-56 with a 4.12 ERA in 154 games (153 starts) with the White Sox. His ERA was eight percent better than the American League average, and he had respectable strikeout (7.2 per nine) and walk (2.8) numbers.

In the NL, Floyd could be a solid No. 3 starter. He turns 31 in January. The deal is for one year at $4 million. Floyd can earn $4.5 million more in incentives.

D-backs acquire Addison Reed
The White Sox continue to sell off useful parts for intriguing young prospects. (Note to Phillies: That's how you rebuild.)

Chicago traded closer Addison Reed to Arizona for third baseman Matt Davidson.

Reed, 24, saved 40 games last season and posted a 3.79 ERA. He struck out 72 batters in 71 1/3 innings but also blew eight saves.

Though Reed is a hard thrower under team control, this is a wise move by the White Sox for a couple reasons. First, reliever performance changes violently from year to year, and selling high on a closer for a potential offensive difference-maker is always good idea. Second, how important is a closer anyway to a team destined to win 70 games?

Davidson, 22, was the 35th overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was rated as the game's 77th best prospect prior to 2013.

Davidson sped through Arizona's system, hitting 20 homers and 39 doubles in 2011, 23 homers in 2012 at Double A and 17 this past season at Triple A.