The Arizona Diamondbacks made it very clear their were going to trade for a power hitter this offseason.
A year removed from trading Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves; Arizona made the headlines again on Monday by conducting a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox. This deal involved seven players in total and ended with Mark Trumbo trekking to the desert.
Trumbo might have cost the franchise a 22-year-old starter Tyler Skaggs and 25-year-old outfielder Adam Eaton, but this deal was one that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers had to make.
In the last two seasons, Trumbo has been overshadowed by guys like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and especially Mike Trout, but his numbers speak for themselves. With 66 home runs in the last two seasons combined, Trumbo joins Arizona as the team’s best power hitter.
Paul Goldschmidt made waves in 2013 with 36 home runs and 125 RBI of his own as the slugging first basemen is grinning from ear to ear knowing that a power bat like Trumbo is right behind him. While Kirk Gibson‘s club does have a few question marks — especially in the starting rotation — the D-Backs made a statement on Monday as the middle of their line-up looks to be one of the most productive groups in baseball.