Let’s Make A Deal: Mark Trumbo Dealt To Arizona In Three Team Swap
A complicated three-team deal between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox was just confirmed by Arizona beat writer Nick Piecoro on Twitter.
The trade breakdown is as follows:
Diamondbacks receive 1B/OF Mark Trumbo from Angels and 2 PTBNLs
White Sox receive OF Adam Eaton from Arizona
Quick reaction: this is a solid deal for the Angels, who have been shopping Trumbo for a few weeks in search of starting pitching depth. Skaggs and Santiago provide just that, with Skaggs in particular being the biggest prize for G.M. Jerry Dipoto. Skaggs, who was originally drafted by the Angels in 2009 and sent to Arizona to complete the 2010 Dan Haren trade, is widely considered a strong #3 rotation candidate, where he’ll presumably slide in behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.
Trumbo, the centerpiece of the trade from Arizona’s perspective, mashed 34 home runs and drove in 100 RBIs for the Angels in 2013, but struck out 184 times and had a .234 batting average. He’s moving over to the N.L. West, where he’ll have to deal with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum on a regular basis. He does provide an immediate power boost that can (on paper at least) provide some protection for Paul Goldschmidt, though it’s anyone’s guess how Trumbo adjusts to N.L. pitching.
In Eaton, the White Sox now have a young outfielder to build a team around. In 66 games in 2013, the 25-year old slashed .252/.314/.360 in 250 ABs after opening the season on the D.L. with a UCL sprain in his left elbow. He was a blue-chip prospect while in Arizona’s minor league system, and is expected to eventually be a reliable outfielder with above-average defensive skills and double-digit home run power.
For the Angels, this trade has to be considered a victory. The team suddenly has a competent starting rotation, as Skaggs and Santiago (who has a career 3.41 ERA and an 8.7 K/9 ratio) could both serve as dependable #3 or #4 starters, filling the void left by the departed Jason Vargas.
IT will be interesting to see how Skaggs adjusts to the American League, and how the rest of the A.L. West teams deal with his young and promising arm, considering they’ll face him a few times each year for the next few years at least.
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