A three-team trade involving the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox has been finalized, with the most notable player changing addresses being first baseman Mark Trumbo, who will go from the Angels to the Diamondbacks. Trumbo will move to left field primarily with Paul Goldschmidt firmly in place as Arizona’s first baseman, but he does have some experience in the outfield during his career (136 games; 75 in left field).
How will the move to the National League impact Trumbo’s fantasy value in 2014?
Trumbo’s power production is trending upward through each of his three full major league seasons, culminating to this point in career-highs in home runs (34), RBI (100) and runs scored (85) last season, and moving to one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball will only benefit him.
Trumbo strikes out a lot (184 times in 2013) and does not take a lot of walks (54 last season), which keeps his batting average (.250 career) and on-base percentage (.299 career) down and he is not a real stolen base threat (18-for-29 on steal attempts over the last three seasons). His approach as a hitter could change a bit and yield some improvement as he enters his prime, since he’ll turn 28 in January, but it’s not like Trumbo will suddenly become a .300 hitter.
Trumbo has proven durable to this point in his career, and he played 159 games in 2013 with only 17 starts as a DH, so having to play defense most of the time in order to be in the lineup is unlikely to lead to a rash of injuries. Assuming full health and 550-600 at-bats, I project Trumbo to hit around 40 home runs and drive in 110-120 runs in 2014.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.