It seems like forever that Kevin Towers, GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has wanted a power outfielder. He has come out recently apparently determined to leave the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings with either Mark Trumbo or Shin-Soo Choo. This has to be a no-brainer for the DBacks GM. The chance is there for the taking. If he really wants to get this done he needs to be willing to get Trumbo.
For starters Choo is going to cost them a cool $20M per season or even a little bit more. I’m not saying anything negatively against Choo because he is a great player. What he is not however is worth $20M more dollars than Trumbo. Because Choo is in a contract season as a free agent and because he is represented by Scott Boras, he is going to settle for nothing less than a ton of money. Trumbo is bound to earn more via salary arbitration but it won’t be near Choo’s figure.
Add to that the fact that Trumbo had 34 home runs and 100 RBI in 2013 and you have set deal. Reportedly the Los Angeles Angels have their eyes on some pitching prospects of the DBacks among interest from other teams. The DBacks have as many good young pitchers as anyone. I don’t know that the DBacks will be able to give Choo what he wants in a huge salary. Because of that they have to be willing to go after Trumbo.
Even if it costs them Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Cahill, it’s worth it to get the deal done and have years of contract control on a powerful outfielder. I don’t know how much Choo would help out Goldschmidt in 2014 but it seems obvious that Trumbo would. Towers needs to focus on Trumbo and maximize his value and production.