The Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-team trade on the second day of the 2013 Winter Meetings. There’s no question that the White Sox and Angels have to be thrilled as both teams came out ahead.
Arizona starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs and Chicago starter Hector Santiago will go to Los Angeles, the Diamondbacks send left fielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and Arizona receives first baseman Mark Trumbo. The Diamondbacks will also reportedly receive two players to be named at a later date along with Trumbo.
At first glance, it would appear Arizona came out ahead in the deal because they got a tremendous power bat in Trumbo. Unfortunately, the slugger’s .299 career on-base percentage and less-than-stellar effort on defense makes this a questionable trade for the Diamondbacks. Not to mention, Trumbo struck out a whopping 184 times in 2013.
The White Sox are huge winners as they received a solid leadoff hitter who has shown a decent amount of potential at the plate. Eaton also is an above-average defensive center fielder, which is a huge plus. The most important part about acquiring the 25-year-old is that he will be under team control for the next six years. The fact that he has all the makings of becoming a top-notch asset on offense and defense is a huge win for Chicago.
The Angels have to be happy with the trade as well as they got two starting pitchers to bolster the rotation. Skaggs pitched a little better in his second year in the big leagues after a 5.83 ERA in 2012. 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. Also, his career 7.54 strikeouts per nine innings is certainly an encouraging statistic.
Meanwhile, Santiago is a pitcher who can either start or perform well out of the bullpen. I have to imagine Los Angeles will give him a chance to be a starter, rightfully so. The 25-year-old posted a 3.56 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 34 games (23 starts) in 2013.
On top of everything else, the Angels also save about $4 million on the trade.
Trumbo’s 95 home runs and 282 RBI in his last three seasons are clearly the statistics Arizona looked at when they traded for him. The Diamondbacks are hoping that his power in the middle of the batting order will be enough for the team to be competitive in the NL West in 2014. The dry heat should allow the ball to carry more, which means his power numbers will increase.
There is no denying that the Diamondbacks could be taking a gamble, which of course will depend on which other two players they receive in the trade. Meanwhile, the White Sox and Angels have to be pleased with what occurred on Tuesday.