MLB Winter Meetings: Who Is The Winner In 3-Team Deal?

By Nick Schaeflein
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The Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks have just completed a three-team trade. Will the trade also affect other domino pieces out there?

The Angels land left-hand starters Tyler Skaggs from Arizona and Hector Santiago from Chicago. Chicago will get outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona and potentially a prospect to be named later. Arizona receives power-hitting Mark Trumbo from the Angels and two prospects to be named later.

On the surface, the trade helps all three teams. The Angels needed pitching to help C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver, the White Sox needed an outfielder, and Arizona needed more power to protect Paul Goldschmidt.

Beneath the surface, it likely takes Chris Sale off of the trade market for teams now that Chicago has already moved a starting pitcher. It also could eliminate Arizona from Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz talks, in addition to possibly trading for David Price. With the team moving two pieces in Skaggs and a prospect, it could take away from landing another big name in trades.

Trumbo could hit a bunch of home runs in Arizona, and he and Goldschmidt will be a lethal 3-4 combo in that order. The White Sox will be interesting to watch going forward with their lineup. Eaton will join Dayan Viciedo and Avisail Garcia in the outfield, but what will happen to Alejandro De Aza who had a nice season last year? The White Sox also have Jose Abreu to mash in the middle of the order, and suddenly an offense that struggled last year is beginning to fill out.

The deal was also rumored to have Howie Kendrick as well which would have really helped the infield in Chicago which could use an upgrade, but that turned out not to be the case. Chicago still needs infield and catcher help, but this is a nice deal for a leadoff hitting outfielder. It is a win for all three teams here in the winter.

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