The Los Angeles Angels announced on the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings that first baseman Mark Trumbo is someone the organization is willing to trade. Apparently, that was met with exciting news throughout the league, as the Angels have been flooded with offers. One offer Los Angeles must pull the trigger on is the package the Arizona Diamondbacks have put together for the slugger.
Arizona is willing to trade starting pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Cahill 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.
The Angels could still decide not to trade Trumbo, which would make since considering the power he brings to the plate. One would assume he’s a necessary piece if the team wants to clinch a postseason berth and beyond in 2014. On the other hand, if Los Angeles can get two quality starters for a player that has a career .299 on-base percentage then the deal needs to get done immediately.
Trumbo has recorded 95 home runs and 282 RBI in his last three seasons. There’s no question those numbers will increase in Arizona if he does indeed get traded to the Diamondbacks.