Former All-Star outfield Mark Trumbo is on his way to Arizona. According to Reuters on December 10, the 27-year-old Trumbo was sent to the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal which also involved the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox.
The deal sent outfield Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-handed pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to the Angels. The Diamondbacks will also receive two players to be named later in the deal. In acquiring Mark Trumbo, the Diamondbacks will be beefing up their batting lineup. Last season the outfield hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs. He played the majority of his games at first base in place of Angels' slugger Albert Pujols.
The deal made sense for all teams involved. The Angels received the pitching they were looking for, the Diamondbacks received a young power hitter and the White Sox added a speedy leadoff hitter in Adam Eaton. White Sox GM Rick Hahn was looking for energy and a spark to a White Sox team that finished the season at 63-99. He hopes Eaton is a piece of that puzzle.
"We lacked a little bit of energy and a little edge," Hahn said after completing the deal. "We weren't a real balanced lineup. And adding a guy like Adam Eaton at the top of the order, who is going to bring that energy, hit left-handed, play solid defense and get on base for us for the next five years is an opportunity that was too good to pass up."
The big name in the trade is Mark Trumbo who hit 95 homers during the last three seasons, but was expendable by the Angels in an offensive lineup that includes Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout.