Mark Trumbo to Diamondbacks in 3-team trade
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had been talking trade with
Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn for a month when he arrived at the
winter meetings last weekend and sent a text to Angels counterpart
”Can I get your attention in that Trumbo deal for Skaggs and
Eaton?” he remembered writing.
”Sure, why don’t you come down and talk?” Dipoto quickly
replied, according to Towers.
Two days later, a three-team trade fell into place.
Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for
left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent
Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger
Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash
from each of the other clubs.
”It’s nice when you’re able to have three clubs up here all
feeling good about things,” Hahn said Tuesday during a news
conference. ”Obviously, as Jerry pointed out, it does hurt a
little bit, but it costs something to get something.”
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs this year,
playing first base in 123 games because Albert Pujols was hurt.
Despite hitting 95 homers during the last three seasons, the
sometimes outfielder was deemed superfluous by Los Angeles, which
craved starting pitching behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and
”Right now we’d line up with both guys as starters,” Dipoto
Trumbo was used to hearing his name in trade talk.
”I think it’s been rumored for years now,” he said. ”I knew
that this one was a serious thing.”
He’ll join a batting order that includes Paul Goldschmidt, who
led the NL with 125 RBIs and tied for the league lead in home runs
”We all addressed some of our biggest needs,” Towers said.
”We’ll give him some protection.”
After finishing last in the AL Central with their worst record
since 1970 at 63-99, the White Sox were looking to make changes,
and Hahn is counting on Eaton to provide a spark.
”We lacked a little bit of energy and a little edge,” Hahn
said. ”This is a dirt-bag baseball player. This is a guy who has
been described to me by someone at this table with words I can’t
Santiago, 25, was 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 23 starts and 11 relief
appearances. His fastball velocity has dipped from 93.8 mph in 2011
to 92.8 in 2012 to 91.8 last season, according to
Eaton, a 25-year-old speedy leadoff hitter, was sidelined from
spring training until July 9 by a sprained left elbow. He hit .252
with three homers, 22 RBIs and 44 strikeouts in 250 at-bats for the
Diamondbacks this year.
Skaggs, 22, went to Santa Monica High School, was taken by the
Angels with the 40th overall selection of the 2009 amateur draft
and was dealt to the Diamondbacks in August 2010 to complete the
trade that brought Dan Haren to Los Angeles.
Skaggs made his big league debut in 2012, when he had six
starts, but spent much of this year in the minors. He was 2-3 with
a 5.12 ERA in seven starts this year for Arizona, leaving him with
a 3-6 career mark.
Trumbo is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time
this winter. Santiago is on track to be eligible after next season,
Eaton following 2015 season and Skaggs after the 2016 season.
For Towers, the deal meant mission accomplished.
”We’ve got a guy that we can control now for three years. Two
of the probably better right-handed power bats in the National
League,” he said, ”Excited for spring training.”