Who would have thought the Arizona Diamondbacks could be the big players of the 2013 Winter Meetings. Sources indicate that the organization is determined to come home with the addition of a big name. More specifically, the Diamondbacks will either like to trade for first baseman Mark Trumbo or sign free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
As of right now, Arizona is willing to trade starting pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Cahill to the Los Angeles Angels for Trumbo. Obviously, it’s something the Angels must really consider as both players could do wonders for their rotation.
Cahill posted a 3.99 earned run average with 102 strikeouts in 26 games (25 starts) in 2013. The good news is he has shown the potential to pitch far better, which means last season could be nothing more than a down year for the right-hander. When healthy, he will give Los Angeles double-digit wins and roughly a 3.00 ERA while tossing 200-plus innings.
Skaggs pitched a little better in his second year in the big leagues. However, his career 5.43 ERA in 13 starts is definitely a concern. With that being said, the Angels’ spacious ballpark will allow the fly ball pitcher to have more room to work with, which in return will keep his ERA down. His career 7.54 strikeouts per nine innings is certainly an encouraging statistic.
At this point, if the deal is legitimate then Los Angeles needs to pull the trigger. Trumbo has posted 95 home runs and 282 RBI in his last three seasons, which includes 34 homers and 100 RBI in 2013. However, his career .299 on-base percentage is certainly nothing to get excited about.
Choo is someone the Diamondbacks would love to add to their roster. Unfortunately, his assumed seven-year, $142 million price tag might be a little too much. Not to mention, there are some big names that are in on him, which means Arizona would have to get into a costly bidding war.