If you’re a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks then you should be absolutely stoked.
Today, the D’Backs participated in a three team trade with the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox. The Angels sent outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to Arizona. The D’Backs sent outfielder Adam Eaton while the Angels received pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs from the Chisox and the D’Backs respectively.
But the big name here is Trumbo. On a team that included Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout, it was Trumbo who led the Angels in HR and RBI (34, 100). OK, he only hit .234 and struck out 184 times last season. But when Trumbo hit he did a lot of damage and will do more in hitter friendly Chase Field.
What I think Trumbo provides is protection to Paul Goldschmidt in the middle of the lineup. Goldschmidt led the NL in HR and RBI in 2013 and was runner up in the NL MVP voting. While Goldschmidt hit 36 HR there was a quite a drop off after. Third baseman Martin Prado ranked second on the team with 14 although he drove in a respectable 82 runs. The D’Backs needed another power bat and now they have it with Trumbo. Goldschmidt is only 26 while Trumbo turns 28 in January. They haven’t yet reached their peak and together they could take the D’Backs far in 2014.