Diamondbacks land Mark Trumbo in three-team trade

Diamondbacks land Mark Trumbo in 3-team trade

12/10/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Arizona Diamondbacks entered this offseason with one of their top priorities being the acquisition of a power hitter. On Tuesday afternoon, they made a big-time trade to accomplish that goal. The Diamondbacks have acquired first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Anaheim Angels in a three-team deal. The Chicago White Sox were the third team involved. Here is how the trade breaks down:
  • Diamondbacks receive 1B/OF Mark Trumbo from Angels and two players to be named later.
  • Angels receive LHP Tyler Skaggs from Diamondbacks, LHP Hector Santiago from White Sox.
  • White Sox receive OF Adam Eaton from Diamondbacks.
Blog Photo - Diamondbacks land Mark Trumbo in three-team tradeTrumbo will beef up the middle of the Diamondbacks' lineup, creating a powerful one-two punch with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. With Goldy at first base, Trumbo is expected to start in left field for the Diamondbacks. Trumbo posted a career-low batting average of .234 this past season, but still managed to slug 34 long balls and 100 RBI. His numbers should get better in Arizona's more hitter-friendly ballpark. As for defense, Trumbo played 201.1 innings in the outfield in 2013 - he had 50 put outs, one assist, and one error when in the outfield.

The deal makes a ton of sense for the Angels as well. With the seventh most runs scored in the MLB last season, the Angels have plenty of offense with guys like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton. Their pitching, however, finished the year with the seventh highest ERA in the Majors. Giving up some of their offense for some pitching was a sensible move, especially considering they got two quality starters in the deal.

Back in 2012, Skaggs was considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Skaggs was actually drafted by the Angels - his favorite team growing up - but was traded to Arizona for Dan Haren in 2010. When he is on, Skaggs throws a fastball in the low- to mid-90's that is complemented by a devastating curveball, a la Barry Zito. He also mixes in a changeup. Unfortunately, Skaggs' velocity dipped in 2013, leading to a disappointing season. He still has a wealth of potential waiting to be unleashed, and a change of scenery could be the perfect way to get him on track to living up to expectations.

The Angels are bringing in another solid pitcher in Santiago, who posted a 3.56 ERA with the White Sox in 2013. Heading to a more pitcher-friendly park in Anaheim, Santiago could very well improve on that number. In addition, Santiago is still blossoming. Though he will be 26 years old on Opening Day, Santiago topped 70.1 innings for the first time in 2013. He does have some control issues, but other than that, Santiago is a nice piece for the middle of the rotation.

Finally, we have the White Sox, who bolstered their offense - which ranked 29th in runs scored - with a promising young player. Eaton has power, speed, and a ton of athleticism, making him a versatile piece in the lineup and a high-upside player in the outfield. He struggled to get things going through the first half of the 2013 season, in part due to an injury, but did manage to bat .312 with a couple home runs and stolen bases in August. His numbers on the year, however, were just .252 with three home runs, 22 RBI, and five steals across 66 games. The 25-year-old is still a good bet to get things going in the near future.

Each team in this three-team deal managed to address an area of need. The Diamondbacks' unimpressive lineup added a slugger, the offense-heavy Angels added some arms to their rotation, and an abysmal White Sox offense got a promising, dynamic youngster. My instinct is to say that the Angels got the best of this deal. They gave up a guy that batted .234 last year to add a potential All-Star in Skaggs and an improving Santiago. Every team got something they needed, however, and we won't truly know who got the best end of the deal until we see the players take the field.
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