He does not, however, feel that he was being made a scapegoat for some of the White Sox troubles last season in being shipped off in exchange for infielder Matt Davidson.
“I didn’t take it personal, didn’t think that it was my fault,” Reed said Friday during his first trip to U.S. Cellular Field as a visiting player. “They needed a guy who could play third base and Davidson, he’s a heck of a player. He’s really good. I didn’t take it personal. I didn’t think it was my fault. It was just a trade and I’m glad to be here now.”
Reed was prepared for the possibility of being traded even before last season ended. Roster changes already were underway, with players including Jake Peavy and Alex Rios being moved to new teams.
Addison Reed has 10 saves in 11 chances for Arizona, though he entered Friday with a 4.08 ERA.
“It seems like everybody that started the year with that team wasn’t on it at the end of the year,” Reed said. “It was a whole new clubhouse but that’s what happens when things go bad. You’ve got to make some changes and I don’t remember how many people were traded, but I remember at the trade deadline coming into the clubhouse and every day it seemed like there was somebody new in the clubhouse.”
Typically a traded player can return to his old ballpark the next season and catch up with friends, but the White Sox offseason bullpen overhaul didn’t really allow for that. Because Nate Jones is out with an injury, Matt Lindstrom is the only White Sox reliever with whom Reed spent significant time.
“I kind of wanted to brace myself for [a trade] because I was so close with everybody there,” Reed said. “I knew that there was a possibility I might be getting traded. I was trying to brace myself and look at all the positive ways I could. It’s part of the game, it’s part of the business.
“I don’t like to say this, because hopefully that’s the only time you’re going to get traded, but the way baseball goes, guys are traded three or four times in their career. So after the first one I don’t think it will be as difficult if it happens again.”
Reed continues to save games in his own tightrope fashion. He has 10 saves in 11 chances, but he also has a 4.08 ERA and two losses in 18 appearances. Opponents have hit four home runs off him this season, and the right-hander even seems to have abandoned his slider in stretches.
If there was one thing Reed was always good at, it was forgetting about yesterday’s outing, good or bad, and moving on to today. He seems to have used the same mindset after the trade.
“Guys in this clubhouse are awesome, coaches are unbelievable,” Reed said. “It’s the same as [with the White Sox]. There’s not one guy that I don’t like. It’s kind of a like a family atmosphere kind of like it was over in the White Sox clubhouse. Everybody gets along with each other and you have open communication with the coaches.
“The biggest thing is you get to live in Arizona year-round now. It’s a plus. That was the weirdest thing, after spring training ended, everybody’s getting on planes to go to their city, and I drove home just like any other day. That was really nice, but it’s gone well. It has been a smooth transition.”