2013 MLB Winter Meetings: Arizona Diamondbacks Score Big with Mark Trumbo
Recently it has come out that the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to re-sign Daniel Hudson to a minor league contract. This is a good deal for the DBacks but certainly is not the best one that GM Kevin Towers is responsible for completing at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. Hudson has the potential to regain his previous form and has a career ERA well below 4.00 anyway so he is a very small risk. Mark Trumbo however is a risk for ever opposing pitcher the DBacks will face this upcoming season.
Easily the biggest trade of the meetings, the three-team deal that brought Trumbo to the DBacks is a big one for more than one reason. Firstly it is a big deal because MVP favorite Paul Goldschmidt is going to have a home run and RBI threat right next to him in the batting order this upcoming season. Clearly that makes a big difference and Goldschmidt nearly won the MVP this year. Next year the only competition he might have is his new teammate.
The two of them together should make a big difference offensively for the team and it completes the biggest need that they had which was for a power-hitter. Tyler Skaggs really wasn’t a huge price to pay which is the other reason. They have pitching prospects to burn so other than going to a 10-man rotation they had to do something with at least one or two of their starters eventually. Skaggs has a ton of potential but is worth the price for Trumbo.
Now they still want to bring in help for the current starting rotation in possibly Matt Garza or another as they are in talks with many free agents. This offseason had been quiet for the DBacks but scoring one of the best deals of the week could be the springboard for the entire rest of the offseason and the regular season itself.