The Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday traded for Los Angeles Angels’ outfielder Mark Trumbo, as first confirmed by the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.
The D-backs sent starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs to the Angels and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox, who sent pitcher Hector Santiago to Los Angeles. The D-backs will also receive a player-to-be-named from each team, according to reports.
Trumbo, who can also play first base, is a power-hitter who’s notched 95 home runs in his past three seasons, including a career high 34 in 2013. Trumbo is under team control for three seasons — one on his rookie contract and two arbitration-eligible years.
The 27-year-old from Orange, Calif., was drafted by the Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He made his debut on Sept. 11, 2010, and has played in more than 140 games in each of the three seasons since.
Trumbo finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was an All-Star in 2012.
Trumbo sports a career .250 batting average with a .469 slugging percentage. He does strike out at a high clip, getting punched out in 27.1 percent of his plate appearances.
He’s split his time between first base, left field and right field in his career. Trumbo also registered eight games at third in 2012, but is not expected to return to that position with Martin Prado manning it for the D-backs.
The D-backs could acquire three players after Thursday’s Rule 5 draft — both prospects from the Trumbo trade, and a player to be named from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Heath Bell trade.
Arizona Sports 620’s John Gambadoro believes the D-backs will acquire outfielder Brandon Jacobs from the White Sox and pitcher A.J. Schugel from the Angels.
Good possibility the prospects coming to Arizona could be Brandon Jacobs OF with White Sox and AJ Schugel pitcher from the Angels.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) December 10, 2013
Jacobs has hit .262 with 49 home runs over six minor league seasons, with career-best .303 average and 17 home runs in 2011.
Schugel, a 5-foot-11 right-hander out of Central Arizona College, was a 25th-round pick in the 2010 draft. Schugel is still transitioning as a pitcher after playing infield in high school and college, but has a low- to mid-90s fastball with good movement, according to MLB.com.