clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mark Trumbo trade reactions: Who won the deal?

Kevin Towers was aggressive in the trade market today, but was it worth it?

Thearon W. Henderson

Earlier on Tuesday a big-time, three-team trade between the Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox was executed. Nick Piecoro of broke the news that LA sent OF/1B Mark Trumbo, minor league RHP A.J. Schugel and a player to be named later to Arizona, who moved outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and RHP Tyler Skaggs back to LA. Chicago sent RHP Hector Santiago to the Angels.

The News Breaks

Lots of rumors, lots of names, and lots of reactions.

The Reaction

And of course there's the reaction of someone actually involved in the deal.

The Player Reaction

Finally, of course, there's the one question everyone wants answered...

The "Who Won the Trade?" Question

Normally in the aftermath of a big MLB trade, the question is always asked: "Who won?" It's an interesting conversation, that's for sure. While it's respectable that Arizona GM Kevin Towers has had such an aggressive approach to improve this winter, I have to consider the Diamondbacks to be the losers in this deal at the moment. As I noted on the site earlier, Trumbo's career OPS (dating back to 2011) is comparable to players such as Jason Kubel—who the DBacks know well, Garrett Jones, Lucas Duda and Adam LaRoche.

Is there an end-all statistic in baseball? No, of course not. You love the power that Trumbo brings, but at the same time, you have to look at the big picture. As a player that's been dubbed as "one dimensional" by people around the game, Trumbo has consistently struggled to hit for average, walk and cut down on strikeouts in his early career. One player you've seen Trumbo compared to lately is Mark Reynolds, the former Diamondback, who offers big-time power but has struggled to put the ball in play at times and over the years struggled more and more to make contact.

The White Sox got Adam Eaton back in the trade, and only had to give up Hector Santiago, a young but middle-to-back of the rotation guy, in the process. Prior to the 2013 season, many had Eaton etched in as the National League Rookie of the Year, but an injury to his elbow derailed the youngster's rookie campaign, and he only played 66 games. That said, there's a lot to like about Eaton, who will now be patrolling center field for Chicago. Whether or not he turns into the player he was once thought to be in Arizona remains to be seen.

Finally we come to the origin of this deal—the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago may not exactly make the eyes of readers widen, it appears to me that LA got far more in return than I ever expected. While power is at a premium, especially in this market, we all know Trumbo's issues. One of the Angels' biggest problems last season was the severe lack of a starting rotation. Adding Skaggs and Santiago to a rotation built around ace Jered Weaver and the left-handed C.J. Wilson could very-much benefit this team.

Who won the trade? Who lost? It's certainly worth the discussion.