Recent talks of the Los Angeles Angels trading Mark Trumbo are apparently as true as rumors get. The latest includes Trumbo going to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal between those two and the Chicago White Sox. If that deal occurred the Angels would gain Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago according to reports. However, previously the Angels are known to have tried to get Santiago from the White Sox for Howie Kendrick.
Going into the offseason Dipoto and the Angels made it fairly clear which players were on the trading block for them and it was Trumbo and Kendrick. It appears that still remains true through to the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. Obviously if the Angels can get two very good and contractually controllable starters for Trumbo alone; it’s a good haul. The question remains if they still would try to get more by trading Kendrick.
Kendrick was one of the more productive players in 2013 for the Angels but he could potentially be a strong trade figure if the Angels continue to try and move him. One thing evident in this offseason for the Angels is that they are going about their business much better and much smarter than in seasons past.
Kudos to Dipoto and company for drawing interest where they want it and possibly getting the trade return where they need it most. This is the way they can win the offseason for sure and have a good chance of winning the regular season. That is assuming they can get the right deal done which for now at least it appears they will do.