Ménage à trois!

by Jamie Sayer on December 12, 2013

MarkTrumbo (Source: USAToday)

 

Sayer breaks down the tree-way deal between the Angels, the White sox and the Diamondbacks. 

 

 

Fantasy Impact:

The Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox have completed a three-team trade that will have 1B/OF Mark Trumbo going to ARI, southpaws Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs going to LA and OF Adam Eaton going to CHI. At first I didn't fully understand this trade for Arizona and Chicago but as I thought about it, it works out well for all three teams.

 

The Diamondbacks get:

A 27-year-old huge right-handed OF power-bat they desperately need. Mark Trumbo hit 34 homeruns, 100 RBIs and had a nice .453 SLG % last year in what has been called a pitcher-friendly park in LA. Arizona's SLG % last year was 18th in the MLB at .391 (you can also argue that it was inflated by Paul Goldschmidt's stellar .551) and was 26th in homeruns with 130 (again, held up by Goldschmidt's 35). While Trumbo has shown that he is a power-threat every time he steps to the plate, he needs to find consistency. Last year he hit a .235 AVG and had an OBP of .294, both down from 2012 in which had an .268 AVG and .317 OBP. He also isn't the greatest outfielder, having a career dWAR of -1.6, but as long as he produces well offensively this won't become an issue. 

 

The Chicago White Sox get:

A young left-handed OF that before 2013 was a rookie-of-the-year candidate and shows to be a good lead-off man with a lot of speed. Adam Eaton will probably be the everyday center fielder for the White Sox and should become a major part of their team. While he missed most of 2013 season with a knee injury, he did play 65 games, recording a .252/.314/.360 slash line with 5 steals. While this may not be astounding numbers, during the 2012 season he put up incredible numbers in AAA, showing a .381/.456/.539 (!) with 38 stolen bases. Eaton had hype surrounding him before 2013 season, and should still have the same hype.

 

The Los Angeles Angels get:

Two lefties, one whose last season was quite under-rated and one whose last season wasn't the greatest, but is only 22. Hector Santiago was actually quite the fascinating pitcher last year. While most people thought Sale was the only good pitcher on the White Sox staff, Santiago wasn't that bad, having a 3.56 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 34 appearances (in which he started 23 of them). He should help solidify the starting rotation for the Angels and should find success.

 

Tyler Skaggs had a less than spectacular year with the Diamondbacks, as the once heralded prospect had a 2-3 record and gave up 22 earned runs in 38 2/3 innings. He's still very young, but with Towers saying his velocity has dropped he may have struggles against MLB batting. I still expect Skagg to do pretty well eventually, just it may take some more time.

 

Fantasy Players helped by this deal:

1. Mark Trumbo +++ - Ooh boy, if the Angel Stadium is the pitcher friendly park everyone says it is, then Trumbo could see an increase in production. Having Goldy in front of Trumbo will surely help as well. If his AVG can go up even to around .250, I would expect a big year out of him.

 

2. Hector Santiago +++ - Moving from U. S. Cellular Field to Angel Stadium should do WONDERS to his numbers. As an extreme fly-ball pitcher this park will help, and being able to start from the beginning of the season should help his numbers.

 

3. Adam Eaton ++ - He will more than likely be relied on to be the starting CF (unless De Aza has a fantastic Spring Training) and should provide the line-up with a boost in AVG (the White Sox were 19th with a .249 BA last year), in OBP (27th with .302) and in SLG (25th with .378).

 

4. Paul Goldschmidt + - Having a legitimate power threat behind him in the line-up could see an increase in R's and IBB.

 

Players hurt by this deal:

1. Alejandro De Aza --- - Again, unless De Aza shows in Spring Training that he deserves the CF spot over Eaton, he may just be sitting on the bench every other game.

 

2. Tyler Skaggs -- - Moving to LA, he might get a crack at the rotation with Jared Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago and Garret Richards all ahead of him. But it seems like LA might not be done on the pitching front and may look to acquire more. I could see Skaggs starting in AAA. 

 

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