The Arizona Diamondbacks love to make trades. This offseason was no different as the Diamondbacks made a fairly large trade involving three teams that brought them a legitimate power hitter to their lineup. His name? Mark Trumbo.
The trade involved the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and the Diamondbacks. The snakes sent pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to the Angels and centerfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox. The White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Angels, and of course, the Angels sent Trumbo to the snakes.
The Diamondbacks wanted a power hitter to put in corner outfield. Trumbo didn’t play a lot in the outfield with the Angels, but he appears capable of doing so. The problem with him, however, is that he doesn’t do anything offensively except for hit home runs.
In 1,853 career plate appearances, Trumbo has a .250/.299/.469 triple-slash line with a 111 wRC+. In three-plus seasons, Trumbo only has a 6.6 fWAR. He is slightly above average every season and the Diamondbacks gave up two very good MLB-ready prospects for him. His highest walk rate came in 2013 when he walked in eight percent of his plate appearances. In that same season, he struck out in 27.1 percent of his trips to the plate.
In 2013, Trumbo did hit 34 home runs, but that’s basically all he did. A sub-.300 on-base percentage is pathetic. His .294 on-base percentage means that he has a .706 out percentage. The man makes an out 70 percent of the time he’s at the plate — that’s not so good. So yes, while Trumbo does bring power to the Diamondbacks, the team will suffer from the acquisition by not having Skaggs and Eaton on the roster for the foreseeable future.