Baseball's winter meetings heated up Tuesday, with a three-team trade and a two-team trade leading the way.
In the triangle trade, the Los Angeles Angels, seeking to bolster their pitching, acquired two left-handers, Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox and Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona got first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels, and the White Sox received center fielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks.
Arizona also will get a player to be named or cash considerations from both the Angels and White Sox.
In the other trade, the Colorado Rockies acquired left-hander Brett Anderson and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and minor league right-hander Chris Jensen.
Santiago, 26, was 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 34 games, including 23 starts, this season. In three years with the White Sox, he went 8-10 with a 3.41 ERA.
Skaggs, 22, goes back to his original organization as he was a first-round draft pick by the Angels in 2009. In parts of the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, he went 3-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 13 starts.
Trumbo, 27, will play left field and add a big bat to the Diamondbacks' lineup after hitting .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games this past season. In his four-year career, all with the Angels, Trumbo has batted .250 with 95 homers.
The White Sox, meanwhile, added speed, as Eaton is expected to become their leadoff hitter. The 25-year-old played in a combined 88 games with the Diamondbacks over the past two seasons, hitting .254 with five homers and a .332 on-base percentage in 88 games.
Anderson, 25, won 11 games in 2009 but just 15 in the last four seasons, many of which were ruined by injury. He was the Athletics' opening-day starter this year when he went 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 16 games, including five starts, and was sidelined for a large part of the season by a stress fracture in his right foot.
Pomeranz, 25, was 4-14 with a 5.20 ERA in three seasons with the Rockies, including 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA this year in eight games, including four starts.
Jensen, 23, went 5-8 with 4.55 in 28 starts for high Class A Modesto this past season.
--The Philadelphia Phillies are letting teams know that anybody on their roster is available in potential trades.
A source with direct knowledge of the situations told The Sports Xchange that the Phillies are willing to listen to offers for their top two starting pitchers -- left-handers Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee -- along with closer Jonathan Papelbon and right fielder Domonic Brown, who was selected to the All-Star Game this year.
The source also said the Phillies are not willing to absorb any parts of the contract of either Hamels or Lee in trade but might be willing to pay part of Paplebon's contract.
Hamels has six guaranteed years and $132.5 million remaining on his contract. Lee is owed at least $62.5 million over the next two years, which includes a $12.5-million buyout on a $27.5 million club option for 2016. Papelbon is under contract for at least two more years for a total of $26 million. Brown likely will make close to the $500,000 minimum salary next season as he is not eligible for arbitration until 2015.
--Former Chicago Cubs pitching ace Mark Prior officially retired from baseball.
Prior's major league career ends with a 42-29 record, 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts in 657 innings.
In 2003, Prior went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 211 innings pitched. He finished third in the National League Cy Young voting. However, injuries and setbacks took their toll. Prior last pitched in the majors in 2006. Comeback attempts with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds fell short of getting Prior back to the majors.
Prior averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking second only to Randy Johnson.
Prior said he is interested in a front-office job.
--Curtis Granderson is changing teams and leagues. However, the veteran outfielder isn't changing cities, and he is thankful for that.
Granderson officially signed his four-year, $60 million free agent contract with the New York Mets on Tuesday at the winter meetings.
He spent the past four seasons with the New York Yankees.
"Doing things with the kids in the community, baseball, and what better place to do that than with the New York Mets," Granderson said.