The Angels, Diamondbacks and White Sox consummated a three-team deal at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, highlighted by slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo heading to Arizona.
The Angels were looking for young starting pitching and sent Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, who were looking for power after losing out on free agent Carlos Beltran. In return Los Angeles got lefthander Tyler Skaggs, an original Angels draft pick who went to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren deal in 2010, and lefthander Hector Santiago.
Santiago was technically traded from the White Sox to the Diamondbacks first for center fielder Adam Eaton, with Arizona then sending Santiago along to Los Angeles. As part of the deal, the Diamondbacks received righthander A.J. Schugel from the Angels and outfielder Brandon Jacobs from the the White Sox.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Trumbo said during a conference call. “It’s pretty obvious that Arizona made a very strong commitment as far as bringing me over and ended up trading some very good talent in order to acquire me. That says a lot. For me as a player, you always want to go where you’re wanted and give your best effort for somebody who’s made some sacrifices to get you.”
Tyler Skaggs, lhp
Transactions: Selected by Angels in supplemental first round of 2009 draft (40th overall); Traded to Diamondbacks with Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders for Dan Haren, July 25, 2010.
Service time: 0.066. Options used: 1/3.
Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto has now traded twice for Skaggs, also acquiring him when DiPoto was an assistant GM in Arizona. Skaggs has pitched briefly in Arizona the past two seasons, with a 5.43 ERA and 3.7 walks per nine and a 40 percent groundball rate. He ranked as BA’s No. 12 prospect overall after the 2012 season and won’t be arbitration-eligible until 2016, important for the Angels, who were seeking cost-controlled starting pitching. The jewel of Skaggs' repertoire is a sharp 12-to-6 curveball that he combines with a fastball at 89-94 mph.
Hector Santiago, lhp
Transactions: Selected by White Sox in 30th round of 2006 draft.
Remaining commitment: Arbitration eligible after next season. Can be a free agent following the 2017 season. Earned $505,000 in 2013. Options used: 1/3.
Santiago signed for $85,000 as a 30th-round draft-and-follow in 2006 and made his major league debut in 2011. His command is an issue (4.5 walks per nine in 225 major league innings), but he held his own in his first extended work as a big league starter last year (3.41 ERA), and as an extreme fly-ball pitcher, should enjoy playing in Anaheim in front of Mike Trout. He relies on a 93 mph and a changeup, mixing in a curveball and cutter.
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Adam Eaton, cf
Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in 19th round of 2010 draft.
Service time: 1.030. Options used: 0/3.
Eaton signed for $35,000 as a 19th-round college senior in 2010 and has proven to be a bargain. He has surprising pop, plus-plus speed and a strong, accurate arm and projects as Chicago’s starting center fielder. Arizona had planned for him to be its center fielder last season, but an elbow injury derailed him and he didn’t appear in the big league lineup until July.
Brandon Jacobs, of
Age: 23. Bats: R.
Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in 10th round of 2009 draft. Traded to White Sox for LHP Matt Thornton, July 12, 2013.
Jacobs began the season as Boston’s 13th-best prospect before his midseason trade. Boston bought him out of an Auburn football scholarship for $750,000 and he has shown impressive raw power, but is very streaky from at-bat to at-bat. He has developed a knack for stealing bases and is a 4.3 runner. His bat gives him a shot at reaching the majors.
A.J. Schugel, rhp
Career Transactions: Selected by Angels in 25th round of 2010 draft.
The Angels have a history of taking talented arms who played more as position players than pitcher and converting them to full-time pitchers. Schugel, son of Angels' major league scout Jeff Schugel, was a prime example as he played in the infield almost exclusively at junior college, but hasn't picked up a bat since. He suffered mightily from a jump to Triple-A in 2013. Schugel primarily works with a 90-92 mph fastball with good sink and a solid average changeup. He worked in 2013 to improve his curveball. It was slurvy in the past, and only effective as a get-over surprise pitch early in counts. Now he's started to tighten it up and bury it for strikes. Schugel was shut down with a toe injury late in 2013, but should be fine for spring training. He has started with Los Angeles, but projects more as a sixth or seventh-inning reliever.
Mark Trumbo, of
Age: 27. Bats: R.
Transactions: Selected by Angels in 18th round of 2004 draft.
Remaining commitment: First-time arbitration eligible, Trumbo earned $540,000 in 2013. He can be a free agent after the 2016 season.
Trumbo’s biggest asset is power, and that’s what Arizona needed. The righthanded slugger hit 34 homers last season, greater than the total of Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra, Eaton, Cody Ross and A.J. Pollock, the Diamondbacks’ primary outfielders in 2013. His walk rate climbed to a career-best 8 percent in 2013, but his strikeout rate was a career-worst 27.1. Still, he’s relatively inexpensive although he’s arbitration eligible, and controllable for three more seasons.