The Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks and now Chicago White Sox are reportedly discussing a potential three-team trade centering around LA outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo, ESPN.com's Keith Law reports. Multiple reports indicate that the potential deal could involve the Diamondbacks acquiring Trumbo and a pair of good prospects, the White Sox getting Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton, and the Angels receiving Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago.
According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, the talks are still in the preliminary stages, but are ongoing. No deal seems imminent at this time, but a source close to one of the players says that "it sounds like it could happen".
The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin tweeted Tuesday that the Angels attempted a Kendrick-for-Santiago swap with Chicago earlier in the offseason that was rejected, but are now working on getting both Santiago from the White Sox and top pitching prospect Skaggs from the Diamondbacks.
When you break down this potential trade, it really is staggering that the Angels could get both Santiago and Skaggs for solely Mark Trumbo. While he does average 33 home runs and 100 RBI in his career and has three consecutive 30 home run seasons, Trumbo certainly has his flaws.
For his career, Trumbo has an on-base percentage of .299 and a batting average of .250, including his measly .234/.294/.453 slash-line last season. In addition, since Trumbo's career as a regular began in 2011, his OPS sits at .768, comparable to players such as Jason Kubel, Garrett Jones, Lucas Duda and Adam Laroche.
There has been a lot of speculation on potential Trumbo trades, including the Diamondbacks trading Trevor Cahill in addition to Skaggs—which Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher has reported has "zero chance" of happening. While seemingly wild at first glance, this trade proposal is in the works.
The Diamondbacks have been attempting to make a big splash all offseason as they've been in on both Carlos Beltran and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.