Mark Trumbo rumors: Talks between Angels, Diamondbacks gaining steam

Thearon W. Henderson

Talks between the Diamondbacks and Angels regarding the 27-year-old slugger have heated up in recent hours.

UPDATE: The main pitching pieces that the Angels are discussing with the D'Backs as a return for Trumbo are young southpaw Tyler Skaggs and right-hander Trevor Cahill, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

While Brown says that the Halos are looking at Cahill and Skaggs, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register writes that it's an either/or situation, meaning the D'Backs will only send one of them to Anaheim.

Both pitchers are experienced in changing clubs. Cahill, 25, was dealt to the D'Backs from the A's at the Winter Meetings following the 2011 season. The 22-year-old Skaggs, funny enough, was sent to the D'Backs along with Patrick Corbin by the Angels in the 2010 Dan Haren trade.

ORIGINAL: Earlier today, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Angels are looking into trading 27-year-old outfielder Mark Trumbo, and it appears that the likelihood of a deal happening during this week's winter meetings has significantly increased in recent hours.

As many as 12 teams have contacted the Angels regarding Trumbo (via Jon Heyman), but as Rosenthal notes, the Arizona Diamondbacks have emerged as the frontrunners to land the slugging former All-Star who has hit a combined 95 home runs over the past three years, and is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility.

The Angels desperately need starting pitching, and dealing the 2012 All-Star certainly could help them reach that goal.

As I wrote yesterday, the Diamondbacks have an ample supply of young talent, particularly on the pitching front, making them a logical destination to land any of the big names mentioned in trade talks over the past few days.

Matching up with the Angels shouldn't be too hard with the Diamondbacks' aforementioned pitching depth. While Arizona seems reluctant to part with left-handers Patrick Corbin and Wade Miley (as well as top pitching prospect Archie Bradley), both Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs could be deemed expendable by the club.

As Diamondbacks' GM Kevin Towers mentioned on MLB Network earlier today, the club is looking to add starting pitching, as well as a power-hitting corner outfielder.

In the past hour, Arizona has been linked to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, which would likely take them out of the running for Trumbo entirely.

The Kansas City Royals have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Trumbo, but it is unclear how far talks have progressed.

Angels' GM Jerry Dipoto hasn't been shy regarding a potential trade involving Trumbo, telling reporters earlier today that there has been "fairly heavy traffic" regarding interest in Trumbo.

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