D-Backs Acquire Trumbo In Three-Team Deal With Angels, White Sox

The biggest trade from this week's Winter Meetings in Orlando is now complete. The Diamondbacks officially announced that they have acquired Mark Trumbo and minor league right-hander A.J. Schugel from the Angels and minor league outfielder Brandon Jacobs from the White Sox in a three-team deal. Arizona will send center fielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. The White Sox will also send left-hander Hector Santiago to the Angels.

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The Diamondbacks were set on acquiring either Trumbo or Shin-Soo Choo at the Winter Meetings, according to earlier reports. Trumbo (pictured) will slot into the outfield for the D-Backs, which isn't a perfect fit for Arizona given his defensive shortcomings there. Arizona will be looking for Trumbo's power to outweigh his shaky defense; he's belted 66 home runs over the past two seasons, posting a .250/.305/.471 batting line.

In 992 innings as an outfielder throughout his career, Trumbo has a -7.0 UZR/150. While his walk rate climbed to a career-best eight percent in 2013, that's still below the league average, and it came along with a career-worst 27.1 percent strikeout rate. Still, he should provide a great deal of power to a D-Backs outfield that finished last in the Majors in home runs in 2013. In fact, Trumbo's mark of 34 homers alone ties the collective mark posted by Arizona outfielders last season. Trumbo projects to earn $4.7MM via arbitration this offseason and can be controlled through the 2016 campain.

The White Sox have stated a desire to get younger and to add left-handed bats to their lineup, and the acquisition of Eaton will do just that. Formerly one of baseball's top prospects, the 25-year-old Eaton missed more than half of the 2013 season after opening the year on the DL with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left (throwing) elbow.

In 380 career MLB plate apparances, Eaton is a .254/.332/.373 hitter with five homers and seven stolen bases. He's batted .365/.441/.522 with eight homers and 38 steals in 602 career plate appearances at the Triple-A level. Prior to the 2013 season, Baseball America ranked Eaton as Arizona's No. 4 prospect, noting that he'd made enough defensive strides to convince scouts that he is an everyday big league center fielder with double-digit home run pop, plus speed and a strong, accurate throwing arm. Should he pan out, Eaton could provide the White Sox with their center fielder of the future; he's controllable through the 2018 season.

The Angels have been in the market for young, controllable pitchers, and this trade allows them to fill out their rotation with a pair of promising young left-handers. This is the second time that GM Jerry Dipoto has acquired Skaggs. Dipoto acquired Skaggs for the D-Backs from the Angels in a trade for Dan Haren when he was Arizona's interim GM.

Skaggs appeared in the Top 15 of BA's Top 100 list prior to the 2012 and 2013 seasons but has struggled in his brief big league experience to date. Still just 22, he has a 5.43 ERA with 7.5 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 40 percent ground-ball rate in 68 Major League innings. He has a 4.02 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 156 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level — all of which have come with him being one of the league's youngest pitchers. Skaggs won't be eligible for arbitration until at least 2016 and can be controlled through the 2019 campaign if he's in the Majors from here on out.

Santiago, who turns 26 next week, has a career 3.41 ERA with 8.7 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 37.5 percent ground-ball rate in 224 2/3 big league innings. He's not arbitration eligible until next winter and can be controlled through the 2017 campaign. An extreme fly-ball pitcher, Santiago should enjoy Mike Trout playing behind him in center field.

Schugel dealt with blisters early in the season and saw a foot injury cut his season short in July after he posted a 7.05 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 89 1/3 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake. However, he posted a 2.89 ERA with 7.0 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 140 innings at Double-A when he was healthy in 2012.

Baseball America ranked Schugel 12th among Angels prospects prior to 2013, noting that a strong fastball/changeup combo should allow him to become a back-of-the-rotation starter despite a questionable breaking pitch. BA also noted that Schugel is an excellent athlete that fields his position well.

Jacobs, 23, came to the White Sox from the Red Sox in the Matt Thornton deal in July. The outfielder hit .244/.320/.407 for three teams at Class-A Advanced and Double-A in 2013. He was eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, as was Schugel, which is why the pair had to technically be included as players to be named later.

ESPN's Keith Law was the first to report the three-team framework (on Twitter), and MLB.com's Steve Gilbert added that the D-Backs would receive two prospects as well (Twitter link). Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeted that the trade was agreed to (Twitter links). Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona tweeted that the D-Backs would receive Schugel from the Angels, and John Gambadoro of Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix was first to suggest that Jacobs would be the PTBNL coming from Chicago.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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79 Comments on "D-Backs Acquire Trumbo In Three-Team Deal With Angels, White Sox"


ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

This is not the proper way to look at any deal. I think everybody knows there’s an inherent risk with Skaggs and Eaton, as they’ve had some uninspiring MLB playing time, but the return is Mark Trumbo, He played a whopping 200 innings in the OF last season and has yet to break 1000 innings in the OF in three full seasons. Nearly half of those innings were in RF where both DRS and UZR agree he is not any good. I know this is a small sample size but he also doesn’t pass the eye test and nothing about his player profile would suggest he’s worth playing in the OF. I don’t think it’s ever wise to acquire a player and hope he can transition to a more difficult position on a full-time basis. He is also turning 28 in a month and has pretty bad plate discipline and contact numbers. So even if he were to magically be okay defensively in LF, he may still not have the bat to hang there. On top of everything, the Dbacks already have two OFs who mash lefties and can’t hit righties well, so Trumbo is barely an upgrade offensively over them and probably a downgrade defensively.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
1 year 8 months ago

Two OF who mash??? I wouldnt go that far cody ross is a average player at best and pollock has some potential but a 265 average is no where close to mashing…. True Trumbo is going to be a great defender obviously but then again that is not the reason we acquired him. We acquired him to hit home runs and drive runs in, simple as that.

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

Pollock had a .200 ISO against LHPs, Ross had a 173 wRC+. Obviously Ross’ numbers are not sustainable but the deal would seem closer to logical (not quite there) if Trumbo were left-handed.

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
1 year 8 months ago

Either way i would much rather do this deal than to have signed choo to a long deal. Granted i think choo is better right now but he really wasnt what we were looking for, plus a 7 year contract to a 31 year old is ridiculous to me. We were looking for young controllable power hitter to back up goldy.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

He’s a 1B by trade! Give him a break.

Daniel Kissick
1 year 8 months ago

is the Trumbo deal official yet did all the players pass there physicals yet

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

Please let somebody involved fail the physical.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

Why would you wish that on someone?

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

Why would I wish a millionaire or future millionaire have a minor setback to prevent my favorite team from making a huge mistake? Are you really asking this?

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

Are you kidding?! Why would you want someone to fail a doctors visit. Thats just wrong.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

Why on earth would the ChiSox want Trumbo?!

whitesoxgm
1 year 8 months ago

That’s what it seemed like what you meant. I thought you meant trumbo+prospects+Lindsey for sale. I get it now.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

For all the times everybody complains about Trumbo’s Ks, how could anyone want Mark Reynolds who strikes out a TON more?

ahamsterman
1 year 8 months ago

I think you’re underestimating Trumbo’s K-ing abilities, and regardless he doesn’t get on base or field.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

Yes. He was drafted as a pitcher.

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t really see what you’re getting at. i’m not wishing a UCL tear on somebody, it could be something as simple as “what you had mono and didn’t tell us?!”

Not all failed physicals are impactful, you’re just grasping at straws here.

ratboy
1 year 8 months ago

How does that change my point at all? I’ve never once said Trumbo was a bad player, he’s simply a terrible fit for the Dbacks.

Tyler Jedrzejak
1 year 8 months ago

So where does that Cody Ross guy play?

Tyler Jedrzejak
1 year 8 months ago

Your banking on him being worth the QO

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

And? Isn’t every free agent signing banking on the player having some sort of value?

Twisted86
1 year 8 months ago

I hope so.

ahamsterman
1 year 8 months ago

LOL..you can’t be serious, they sold high on him

ahamsterman
1 year 8 months ago

As an A’s fan, I hate the fact that Trumbo’s gone :(

NRD1138
1 year 8 months ago

So he is injury prone too?

NRD1138
1 year 8 months ago

He is young, and those issues are fixable. Same with his walks. Santiago had a mid 3 ERA when pitching half of his games in the worst pitcher park in the majors, and had averaged 8 Ks per 9 too. Sox will sorely miss him, especially when Danks gets hurt again.

NRD1138
1 year 8 months ago

Is Eaton a possible good player? Sure, but was he worth it to trade a guy who could start and is young and rough around the edges but has plenty of talent in Santiago? Time will tell I guess.

S.M. Jenkins
1 year 8 months ago

Oh yeah, Eaton can man CF & has demonstrated strong OBP skills in the minors too. In terms of natural talent, I’d say he’s pedestrian but I’d venture that the White Sox pro scouts have a good read on him. I don’t know if he’s ever a first division regular, but even a mediocre everyday CF can have tremendous value & Eaton has oodles of club control remaining if he’s even serviceable which is attractive.

LetsGoBucs92122
1 year 8 months ago

If I were a D-Backs fan, I’d be very very pleased with this trade!

NRD1138
1 year 8 months ago

I second that hope. I just see Santiago being more valuable than Eaton at this point. I hope time changes this and he is a good player, but I’m not impressed by his numbers at this point.

Vegandork
1 year 8 months ago

Santiago is a 5th starter with almost no chance to be anything more. Exposure caught up to him last year. He’s got a long way to go if he’s going to remain in a major league rotation. The command isn’t there.

Jonas Salk
1 year 8 months ago

Santiago was never going to be better than a back of the rotation guy. The Sox traded him now when his value is highest. His numbers last season weren’t really that great outside of his ERA and K rate. But he walks a ton of people, lacks any control of the strikezone, was lucky (BABIP) and is a fly ball pitcher (not good for US Cellular). His numbers at home were much worse than his road numbers. The Sox also had 4 lefties penciled in for their rotation next season, so they needed to move one of them and fill one of their needs in the field. Sure I would have liked to see them move Danks, but that wasn’t likely and it wouldn’t have gotten you a prospect like Eaton.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 8 months ago

Fantastic info…thanks guy.

Jonas Salk
1 year 8 months ago

Sale is the best left handed pitcher in the AL and only behind Kershaw in MLB. Quintana is WAY ahead of Santiago on many levels. Danks is coming back from injury last year, but if he can pitch like he did before the injury (no reason to think he can’t one year removed from the surgery) he’s way better than Santiago as well. Erik Johnson has a much higher ceiling than Santiago. The Sox gave up a guy who might be a back of the rotation type guy who can’t pitch past the 5th or 6th innning (he can’t find the strike zone, look at his game logs and pitch counts, it is brutal) whose ERA is misleading and he was not very good in US Cellular field (fly ball pitcher).

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

I don’t even like Santiago, I personally think most people are overrating him.

But in his defense, it’s hard to pitch past the 5th inning when you’re being moved back and forth between the rotation and the pen all year. If he has time to prepare in the off-season I think he can go deeper into games this year.

But it’s clear that he’ll also have to work on his control as well; I hadn’t looked at his pitch counts until now.

Danks was pitching pretty so-so even before the surgery, so I don’t have too much faith in him, but then again, if he gets back to somewhere between 2010 and 2011 form, combined with Santiago’s likely regression, he (Danks) very well could pitch better than Santiago this year

And I certainly wouldn’t have given up Johnson before Santiago, I just meant he was better this year… much like Paul Maholm was better than Julio Teheran in 2012 (although Johnson did in fact succeed at the majors this year, so it’s not exactly like Teheran)

Jonas Salk
1 year 8 months ago

Actually the Sox sold high on him. I’m actually surprised they got Eaton for him. Eaton is a top prospect who is major league ready. Many baseball publications had him as their pick to be ROY last season until he got hurt. Santiago is a back of the rotation guy with a limited ceiling whose numbers last year are misleading.