White Sox, Angels, D-backs working on trade …
UPDATE, 3:20 P.M. PT: The deal is nearing completion and is expected to be announced by Tuesday night. The Angels would get Skaggs and Santiago, the White Sox would get Eaton, and the D-backs would get Trumbo and two players to be named later (one each from the Angels and White Sox).
The Angels, Diamondbacks and White Sox are working on a three-team deal that would involve Mark Trumbo going to Arizona, and Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago going to the Angels, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday. Keith Law of ESPN.com, who first reported the specifics, said D-backs center fielder Adam Eaton would be going to the White Sox.
The D-backs would also be receiving two prospects, though it’s still uncertain from which clubs, an industry source told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
“We think that we are on the cusp of doing some other things that I think our fans are going to like,” White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin.
The deal, which is not done, could potentially fill a need for all parties involved.
The Angels would get some much-needed cost-controlled pitching. Skaggs has posted a 5.43 ERA in 13 starts with the D-backs over the last two years, but he’s only 22 and he’s a former first-round pick, drafted when Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was the D-backs’ director of scouting and player personnel. Santiago, a 25-year-old left-hander, went 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA in 34 games (23 starts) for the White Sox in 2013 and would be looked as a starter with the Angels. Santiago is still a year away from arbitration.
Trumbo, 27, would transition to a corner-outfield spot in Arizona and supply some much-needed power. Over the last three years, Trumbo — a homegrown player who grew up an Angels fan — has hit 95 homers and driven in 282 runs while providing a .773 OPS. If Trumbo ultimately departs, the Angels feel they’d need to replace his bat via free agency. But if no money changes hands in this deal, and no other players are involved, the Angels would be saving about $4 million, since Trumbo could make roughly $5 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
Eaton, 25, gives the White Sox a young center fielder with some upside. He’s posted a .254/.332/.373 slash line in 88 games with the D-backs over the last two years, but batted .375/.456/.523 in the Minors in 2012.
– Alden Gonzalez