There appears to be a three-team deal in place that involves a few top prospects and one established power hitter. The Los Angeles Angels have been actively shopping Mark Trumbo for each of the last two days at the 2013 MLB Winter Meeting and the Arizona Diamondbacks along with the Chicago White Sox are now involved in the talks. Here is a Tweet that shows just how fast the Trumbo talks have moved in such a short period of time:
Hearing Skaggs-Trumbo discussion now includes White Sox possibly getting Adam Eaton, sending Hector Santiago to AngelsAdvertisement
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) December 10, 2013
Of course, the Angels would be ecstatic if Trumbo was able to bring them back a package that included the likes of Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago — both young pitching prospects that would start the season as starters in the Los Angeles rotation. Considering Trumbo is under club control until 2017, some may look at this deal and think the Angels are selling low. However, more and more MLB sources are calling Trumbo the next Mark Reynolds. These pessimists site Trumbo’s declining OBP and .234 batting average as signs that this third basemen is just a strikeout king in the making.
With that being said, Arizona is desperate for power at this point and you can’t deny the fact that Trumbo has smashed 66 home runs over the last two seasons, which is more than anyone on the Diamondbacks’ roster in that time frame. Nonetheless, the rumor mill is churning as the Diamondbacks are looking to go bold and deal for the 27-year-old slugger.