Trade Rumor With Legs: Are the Angels Sending Trumbo to the Diamondbacks?

By Michael Hllywa

Last week, LA Times’ Mike Digiovanna had this to say about the possibility of Mark Trumbo being traded any time in the near future. Halo Hangout’s Ryan Blanck, had this to say in response. And as of 11:52 last night, the rumor pot was up to a raging boil with the news that the Angels were in talks with Diamondbacks about a possible deal that would send Trumbo to Arizona.

But wait, there’s more.

Not only are the Diamondbacks interested in Mark Trumbo, they are determined to leave the Winter Meetings with either Trumbo or free agent Shin-Soo Choo.

But wait, there’s still more.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks aren’t the only team at the meetings with interest in Trumbo. Turns out, the ability to hit a baseball stupid-far is still quite the commodity in baseball. And the one-dimensional slugger has started a quazi-bidding war. This could get really interesting, really fast.

So far, the only names that have been thrown around as part of a possible return on Trumbo have been Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs. Which, in all actuality, would be a decent return for the Angels power hitter. Cahill would slot into the three or four spot in the rotation. He offers zero upside from where he currently is in his career, but he is a relatively cheap option that is better than most of the options available on the free agent market. He is also signed through 2015 with two option years. If all options are exercised, that would take him through his age-29 season. Not a bad gamble.

Tyler Skaggs was the player to be named later in the Dan Haren trade. I hated it then, and I hate it now. Across 13 starts at the big league level, Skaggs has been nothing special. But he has always profiled as a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher with the possibility of being better. He is also only 22 years old and under team control for quite some time. And, he’s a lefty. I’m a sucker for lefties.

Per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, there is apparently no way that the Angels get both Skaggs and Cahill. But, Keith Law says that the White Sox are involved and this could become a three-team trade with the Angels getting Skaggs and Hector Santiago.

This whole thing is developing quicker than I can type. Check back in and stay tuned.