It's been reported that the Diamondbacks have received Trumbo along with a player to be named later, with the Angels getting Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs and the Chicago White Sox getting Adam Eaton.
Trumbo is a bit of a throwback for a Diamondbacks team that let go of free-swingers like Mark Reynolds and Chris Young in recent years. There's no question Trumbo has a lot of pop and is a run producer -- which is something the Diamondbacks were sorely lacking in 2013.
For the Angels in 2013, Trumbo hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He set a career high in walks with 54, but also set a career high in strikeouts with 184. He's been durable throughout the last three seasons, amassing 1,703 at bats in those years.
Trumbo finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2011, and then made his first All-Star appearance in 2012. He'll likely play in left field, but he's also more than capable at first base, third base and the other outfield spots.
The Diamondbacks are hoping that the 2013 stats are simply an aberration and that Trumbo will be able to turn it around. The price of Eaton and Skaggs doesn't seem that high based on how they each performed in 2013. Eaton got injured early and didn't show the signs of speed he did in the minors, while Skaggs put up an ERA higher than the Diamondbacks' winning percentage in Triple-A.
As a team, the Diamondbacks don't have a legitimate home run threat from the right side (or for that matter from either side after Goldschmidt). They'd love for Aaron Hill to regain his form, but he's on the wrong side of 30. Martin Prado finished second on the team in 2013 and hit .282, but 14 home runs would only be impressive in 1913, not 2013.
The Diamondbacks finished fifth in the National League as a team in batting average (.259) and fourth in on-base percentage (.323), so they they were in the advantageous position of being able to go out and take a flier on a guy who can hit the ball out of the park.
As long as Trumbo doesn't tank like Jason Kubel did, the Diamondbacks will be very happy with this trade. Eaton was crowding the outfield and the Diamondbacks' brass was ready to cut bait on Skaggs. The Diamondbacks didn't improve their pitching with this deal, but they did extend an offer to Joba Chamberlain, so keep an eye open for that moving forward
Michael Dunlap is the author of the "Daily NBA Fix", an all-encompassing daily column that covers the NBA. He is an NBA credentialed writer who is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Sports Illustrated/Fansided NBA site HoopsHabit.com. He also covers high school sports for The Arizona Republic.
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