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D’backs, Angels, White Sox agree to three-team Mark Trumbo deal

Dec 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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3:00 p.m. EST update: A source told the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will get Trumbo and two players to be named, and they give outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. Left-hander Hector Santiago will go from Chicago to Anaheim.

Trumbo is expected to play left field for the Diamondbacks and could bat fourth or fifth behind Paul Goldschmidt. A.J. Pollock will serve as Arizona’s primary center fielder, with Gerardo Parra facing righties and Cody Ross starting against lefties in right field.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register says that right-hander A.J. Schagel is one of the PTBNs going to Arizona. He had a 7.05 ERA in Triple-A last year and wasn’t protected on the Angels’ 40-man for the Rule 5 draft.

2:25 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says the three-team trade is close to being finalized.

1:25 p.m. EST update: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez hears that the three-team deal is “getting pretty close” and that Howie Kendrick is not involved.

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ESPN.com’s Keith Law hears the White Sox are now part of the trade talks designed to send Mark Trumbo to Arizona, with the White Sox getting outfielder Adam Eaton and sending Hector Santiago to Anaheim.

Diamondbacks prospect Tyler Skaggs is also expected to go to the Angels in the trade.

Santiago, who went 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 23 starts and 11 relief appearances for the White Sox last season, would jump right into the Angels rotation while carrying only a minimum salary. With Trumbo’s approx. $5 million salary off the books, the Angels would then have the ability to pursue a more expensive free agent to join Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. Skaggs would also be a rotation possibility, but probably not until after another month or two in Triple-A.

Eaton’s addition in Chicago would free up Alejandro De Aza for a trade, and he’d be pretty attractive in a market that just saw Nate McLouth and Rajai Davis land two-year deals in the $10 million range. De Aza hit .264/.323/.405 with 17 homers and 20 steals in 607 at-bats for the White Sox last season. He’s due about $4.5 million in arbitration and will be eligible for free agency for the first time after 2015. Eaton would probably be a downgrade in the short term, but he may offer better defense in center and he’s making the minimum for  a couple of more years.

It’s the Diamondbacks who would likely lose out in the deal if they sent both Skaggs and Eaton packing for Trumbo, even if they wouldn’t realize it while he’s hitting 35 homers next season. He just probably wouldn’t contribute much of anything besides the homers to their cause.

Update: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert is hearing that the Diamondbacks will also receive a pair of prospects if the deal is completed, which could even things up some.

Update 2: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times says that while the White Sox have talked to the Angels about catcher Hank Conger this winter, he’s not believed to be in the current deal.

  1. losangelesfan - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Sweet Baby Jesus! Do it, Jerry. Just agree to it and run out of the room. Tell Arte about it later. He’ll want to add Adam Dunn or something. This is your moment, Jerry! Just say yes!

    • mick2014 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Only the Angels would be stupid enough to trade their top power hitter the last 4 years for absolute garbage.

      • weaselpuppy - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Two young cost controlled starters with upside for a one trick pony non D playing no OBP 180K a year hacker?

        Good deal for the Angels

  2. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Adam eaton is so overrated !!!! .
    Like literally this guy is not all that

    • jeffbbf - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Didn’t people stop saying “not all that” about 5 years ago?

    • aphillieated - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      lol I haven’t heard someone say ‘not all that’ in a while.

  3. spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    If this is true than the Snakes are chomping on too much peyote.

  4. biasedhomer - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Pretty bad deal for the DBacks. Eaton can be better offensivel than Trumbo next season, and can actually play in the OF.

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      it does look that way. but who are the “good” prospects. better be better than skaggs.

      If this turns into the good dan haren for trumbo. eeesh

      • dan1111 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        I don’t know what source claimed that, but players to be named later are never good (sometimes after the trade deadline they are, to avoid placing a good player on waivers, but never this time of year).

        Now it has come out that one of the “prospects” is a player who stunk up AAA and could have been had for free in the Rule 5 draft.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Hi Matthew. I told you that Davis would do very well in free agency.

    P.S. Did you see your typo just before “Nate McLouth”?

    As far as the trade idea is concerned, it looks very interesting. I look forward to seeing a version of it consummated.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I see that the typo has been corrected.

  6. tonyz6060chevy - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    this is why Anaheim is run by jerks and no longer have any creditability what so ever.Why break up a young nucleus of Trout and Trumbo ,for a no name like Santiago ?

    • wannabenerd230 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      It’s not just Santiago, but Skaggs as well, who will contribute to the Angels next season. Both are highly-touted young pitchers, and for someone who was essentially going to DH for you next year, you guys did wonderfully here.

    • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Hey Tony, your team just stole two pretty good pitchers for a young 1B/DH only guy, whose only asset is power. You have two aging stars who need to occupy the DH spot as much as possible, and you have only 2 legitimate starters going into the 2014 season. I’d say the jerks just gained quite a bit of creditability (sic).

    • JHathwell - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      It’s based on need. Mark Trumbo hits home runs. That’s literally all he does. Can’t get on base, can’t field. Oh, and he’s gonna get paid a ton in a few years. The Angels, who are desperate for pitchers, just got two young starters whose rights they have for the next 5 years for a guy who only hits homers.

      Seriously, this is a great move for the Angels, and pretty much the only good one Jerry DiPoto has made since he got here.

  7. wannabenerd230 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    The Angels did unusually well here if they really did get Santiago, Skaggs + for a slightly one-dimensional power hitter. Both are young pitchers with huge potential as middle-of-the-rotation type of starters. White Sox also did well to get Eaton, who I think is due for a breakout offensive season next year. D-Backs surely must be getting more than Trumbo here, though, because if they didn’t, that literally means that they’re putting all their eggs on him to crush the ball out of their bandbox. I don’t think that’s too smart, because he’s not much for defense, especially in RF.

  8. nsauser - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Well, Trumbo would get good pitches to hit if he’s batting around Goldy. I’m still not sure it’s worth it for the Dbacks to trade Skaggs but Towers needs to win this year to secure an extension. Ownership better watch their wallets when KT is around.

    Yea, the Dbacks missed on Eaton. He’s a spark plug but tends to over think his opportunities. Pollack had a better year and Campana is faster.

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      protection is not something that has borne out in numbers

    • paperlions - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Trumbo doesn’t get good pitches to hit because he too often swings at bad pitches to hit. Since 2011, Trumbo has the 9th highest rate at swinging at balls out of the zone and he is among the worst 20% at making contact on pitches out of the zone. There is simply little reason to give him a good pitch to hit, he’ll get him self out more often than not.

      • nsauser - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        I was reaching to find a reason why the Dbacks would give up Skaggs and Eaton for essentially a 28 yr old Geoff Jenkins.

        I guess I’ll have to fall back to Towers is a loose cannon, as the reason.

      • paperlions - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Well, when he does hit the ball, he hits the bejesus out of it. So, he does do damage, but he’ll make a lot of outs and he’ll struggle with guys that have good breaking stuff, especially hard sliders. If he could play average corner OF defense (which seems somewhat unlikely), he’s a solid player for them. Not sure he is worth giving up Skaggs and Eaton (who both have room to grow/improve), but they are reportedly getting a couple of prospects back.

      • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Yeah, those prospects better be promising.

    • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Besides, Trumbo almost for sure hits behind Goldschmidt, so poor Paul, will be watching a lot of wide ones.

    • homergreenz - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      “Well, Trumbo would get good pitches to hit if he’s batting around Goldy.”

      And the Tooth Fairy, Santy Claus and the Easter Bunny too.

  9. ejheim62 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I wonder about Arizona doing this, though. Could they put Trumbo at first, and maybe try to get Price from the Rays for Goldschmidt?

    • spudchukar - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      They are not trading Goldschmidt.

  10. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I understand where you coming from about giving up trumbo but Santiago he’s actually pretty good . If you haven’t seen him pitch then don’t bother to say anything negative. He’s far off better than Jerome Williams and that other scrub Joe Blanton

    • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      the angels make out here with santiago and skaggs. I bet skaggs is up by the all star break

      • jrobitaille23 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Skaggs is very overrated. He will never be more than a 5th SP or sport starter/long reliever. Just not that good. Santiago has #2 upside. Very good get there

    • aphillieated - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      “How ’bout Blanton going deep” :D

  11. markofapro - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    This is a steal by the halos. Wow

  12. km9000 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Thing about Trumbo is that he has great first halves, then falls off a cliff in the second half. I’ve never seen a guy mutter to himself in frustration in the dugout as much as he does.

    If his lousy on-base numbers were consistent throughout the year, I’d be more accepting that we’ve seen his best already. But if he finally figures out how to maintain his good first halves, it’d be a big loss. Of course, maybe that wouldn’t have happened in Anaheim anyway.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      The Angels have enough offense, they need starting pitching badly, will miss Trumbombs but you have to give up quality to get quality.

  13. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    What people ??? Your speaking for everyone in America ? Nobody cares what you think lol ^ .But yea Adam Eaton sucks

  14. thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    If the Angels think they’re getting something in Skaggs, they’re going to be in for an unpleasant surprise. He’s awful.

    • mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Young lefty with a great curve and solid fastball? No he’s not awful, he’s a prospect with some nice tools.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Have you ever watched the guy? He’s painful to look at. Have fun with that Anaheim.

      • mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Yes I have, reminds me of Jon Lester when he was 22. Potentially a solid #2. Lester’s first 25 starts were rough too, but he turned out fine.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        ok…we’ll agree to disagree

    • nsauser - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      And he’s only 22. The Dbacks didn’t do him many favors in 2013, he was shuttled back and forth between the show and AAA.

      Barring injury, I think he’ll be a solid starter in MLB for 6-8 years.

  15. mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Im reading a bunch of comments saying the D-Backs are giving up too much. Talk about stats and talent but all of you are forgetting to factor in grit to the equation , which obviously makes this would be trade much more even.

  16. phillysports1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Your talking about Skaggs ? ^

  17. Kevin S. - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I thought McCain had Piecoro deported from Arizona or something.

  18. aphillieated - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Skaggs is never going to be good. Mark my words!

    • jrobitaille23 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      agreed

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Skaggs is your typical hyped prospect. Gives the writers and scouts a hard-on because he’s lefthanded and has some velocity.

        Problem is he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn from 30 feet away.

  19. chukpark - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    As a Dodgers fan, I’m ecstatic that the D-Bags chose the outfielder who cannot get in base or play defense to save his life. It’s going to be fun watching our pitchers strike Trumbo out next year.

  20. chukpark - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I guess the D-Bags didn’t learn their lesson with Mark Reynolds. Like Reynolds, I don’t think you can call Trumbo even a one-dimensional player, unless strikeouts count as a dimension.

    • adcoop22 - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      wow, speaking of D-Bags. Your stupidity just makes us feel better about ourselves, so thanks for your comment.

  21. spc7ray - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Bad Trade–I think the Dbacks won this–OBP be damned-He drove in 100 runs!–Runs wins games–He can play LF ok not great but OK–Those pitchers the Angels got aren’t much better than Blanton and are about what Vargas was–Lousey deal–Trumbo will kill them on this deal—with Trumbo and Goldy the Dbacks have some much needed offense and they will get it now–Diporto blew it again

    • mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Not sure is trolling or….

      • mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        if*

    • mayorrobford - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Rob Deer>Mark Trumbo

    • km9000 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      A lot of those RBIs were due in part to Trout’s high OBP. Is he part of the deal?

  22. jeffa43 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Can an Angel fan please tell me who will provide offense, besides Trout?

    Albert is going to retire soon, and Hamilton is a crap shoot.

    Freese has hit 40 home runs in 4 major league seasons, and appears unable to hit change or any off speed, kind of like Hamilton.

    Don’t get it…. Guess they are banking on a couple of arms that have high ceilings, but have been subpar so far.

    Some say Trumbo was their 4th best hitter…… He was there 2nd best threat, not saying he was good, just reality. Hamilton wild card… Albert is … still trying to get healthy for the 3rd straight year.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      As a team last year, the Angels hit .264 (3rd in AL)/.329 (3rd)/.414 (5th). They scored 733 runs (6th in AL) and had 1,476 hits (3rd in AL) and led the league with 39 triples. They were above the league average in runs, hits, triples, RBI, walks, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, on-base+slugging percentage, OPS+, total bases; and were below the league average in strikeouts.

      Trumbo is a fan favorite, a local (Villa Park HS grad), but he is not the driving force behind the Angels good offense. He has low OBP and high numbers of strikeouts.

      The Angels can afford to give up some offense to improve their very bad starting rotation.

      • jeffa43 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Thanks! Well aware of your bad pitching, and even more aware that you have the worst minor league system in the history…. yes, history of baseball.

        I know you had a couple of role players step up like JB Shuck who got on a lot. Thanks for pointing out those numbers, the Halos did not appear to be as good as those numbers.

        It felt like if you got by Trout, the only other bat to worry about was Trumbo. With that said, I do not see how they can give up 34 home runs, knowing that you will get maybe 15-20 from Albert before he gives into the pain for the 3rd year in a row. I do not think you can count on Hamilton, he is the wild card. Freese will be a good roll player, but a trampoline for a glove, and throw out 2 months in 2011, and he has not done much for production.

        You are giving up offense you can not afford to give up, for pitching you need so bad, you will even sacrifice the little offense you had.

        Good luck this year…. A lock for 3rd, and with what Houston has put together, halos may be a very expensive 4th place. Don’t thumbs down because of anger… do it if I am wrong.

        Honesty is best policy.

    • badsequel - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Anyone who thinks Pujols is finished is out of their minds. He couldn’t walk the last two seasons but still put up 138 and 116 OPS+. Now he’s healthy again.

  23. thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    And this trade is the very epitome of stupidity for Arizona. ONE YEAR after they traded away a vastly superior hitter and defender in left, they bring this doofus in. Unreal. Thank GOD Kevin Towers isn’t running my team.

    • jeffa43 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      At least you did not give away, Matt Harvey, Jean Segura, and Corbin…… just gave away…. literally.

      Harvey wanted 1.5 instead of 1m… see ya! Letting Hunter go to sign Hamilton……

      Towers looks like a road scholar compared to the two headed bafoon in Anaheim.

      • thebadguyswon - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        Oh the idiots in Anaheim are something else for sure.

  24. tuberippin - Dec 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    So now in three off-seasons they’ve traded Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Justin Upton, David Holmberg, Jarrod Parker, Ryan Cook, Chris Young, and Adam Eaton; in return, they’ve received Martin Prado, Mark Trumbo, Didi Gregorius, and Heath Bell (since traded again) Skaggs was their #1 prospect and Eaton their #3 prospect going into 2013. Holmberg was #6 last year, #7 in 2012, and was their #7 prospect going into 2014. Justin Upton was their best hitter, and Trevor Bauer was their #1 prospect going into 2012. And on top of that, they traded Jarrod Parker (their #4 prospect going into 2012) and soon-to-be-closer Ryan Cook for Trevor Cahill.

    I still have no inkling as to what Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson are doing. They’ve built up a nice pipeline of prospects, then flipped them all for players who aren’t as good as their name-brand.

    • jrobitaille23 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:19 AM

      Skaggs is never going to amount to anything. All he has going for him is he is a left hander.

      Eaton is Brian Roberts 2.0…but not really good Roberts, more like the average Roberts years.

      Upton is about as overrated a MLB ‘star’ as there is. Notice how he disappeared after his torrid first couple of weeks?

      Didi might still pan out. He has the physical tools but was rushed

      Parker/Cook trade was about as bad a trade as you can find. Truly stupid

      Prado is a good complimentary player. Not a star but you want guys like him

      All in all, you getting power in Trumbo to pair with Goldie with Prado helping to set the table…that’s a coup for what Eaton and Skaggs are. I am a Red Sox fan so I have no skin in the game but I am in a couple NL only fantasy leagues and have owned Eaton and Skaggs so I have watched them play and their careers closely. I know I am just a guy on the internet but believe me when I tell you that neither of them will have long productive careers. I don’t even think Skaggs will remain even a 5th starter. Eaton can play a little and might have a McLouth type of career. Easily worth giving up for Trumbo…especially if they can move him to 1B or RF..he should not be in LF

      • tuberippin - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        I dunno. I’ve followed Bauer and Skaggs for the past couple years both from a fan standpoint and in fantasy leagues and while both have had some major bumps in the road, they’re also both still quite young and the DBacks have had some quality pitching come out of their system in the past few years. I don’t know much about Eaton but I thought he was a

        The other thing is that Trumbo is best suited to be a DH, but now he’s in the NL where he’ll be forced into a position. They basically got rid of Jason Kubel last year for a younger version of Kubel in terms of their batting profiles. Trumbo is probably more consistent but they had to part with a good amount of prospects to get to where they’re at now.

  25. louhudson23 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    If playing in/for Seattle was not his first choice,then he made a mistake.Same goes for any one who has the option of choosing where they live and work. The overwhelming majority of the world’s population has no such choice.For a person to relinquish that power over mere money they can never realistically spend(and if they can spend it,then no amount is enough)is ridiculous.If he would rather have stayed in NY or gone to Chicago(or anywhere else),all he had to do was say so. They would have made him very,very rich.Instead,some one (a non player who won’t be following him into the dugout)sticks a number in his ear and tells him if he doesn’t get it,then he is disrespected and can never be happy with less.So he winds up on a bad team/organisation(in a nice city) that he really didn’t choose with a bigger bank account.Money buys cars(financial security came long ago),but it doesn’t buy wins,happiness or satisfaction. On the other hand,if Seattle was his first choice,then the money is gravy……

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