The rumors have been swirling for the past 36 hours that Mark Trumbo was on his way out of Anaheim and today it became official. The Los Angeles Angels have sent the first-baseman/outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that also includes the Chicago White Sox.
Here’s the breakdown:
In: Mark Trumbo, A.J. Schugel, player to be named later
Out: Adam Eaton (OF)
Chicago White Sox
In: Adam Eaton
Out: Hector Santiago, player to be named later
Got it? Good.
Immediately, this looks like a win for the Los Angeles Angels. They acquire two left-handed pitchers who are cheap and under team control for years to come. In 2013, Santiago started 23 games for the White Sox and posted 3.52 ERA in those starts while striking out 122 in just over 130 innings. He will take Jason Vargas‘ spot in the Angels rotation.
Tyler Skaggs was once an Angels prospect before he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade. Guess who was the acting general manager for Arizona back then? Jerry Dipoto. This now makes the second time Dipoto has acquired the 22-year old left-hander in a trade.
Skaggs has struggled in his few major league appearances. However, the young starting pitcher appeared in the top 15 in Baseball America’s Top 100 list prior to 2013. Despite Skaggs struggles in the majors, he still has a lot of upside. The Angels also have other starting pitching options for the fifth spot in the rotation if they choose to go slow with Skaggs and keep him in Triple-A.
In exchange, the Los Angeles Angels parted way with Mark Trumbo. In three, full seasons with the Angels, the Orange County-native hitting 95 home runs but struggled to get on-base posting a .295 OBP in his career.