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The Diamondbacks paid a steep price to acquire Trumbo.
To land their new outfielder, the club had to part with Skaggs and center fielder Adam Eaton. Skaggs is a former first-round pick who struggled in 2013 but is still just 22. Eaton hit just .252 in 66 big-league games in 2013, but he comes with a monster track record.
In 2012, Eaton hit .375/.456/.523 with 47 doubles and 44 steals while playing in the minors. In parts of four minor league campaigns, Eaton owns a remarkable .450 OBP. Those numbers make him an ideal fit atop the lineup for the White Sox.
Suffice to say, the Diamondbacks sold low on both prospects.
The club will certainly benefit from all the home runs Trumbo provides. Still, the long balls will come with a number of drawbacks, as one scout explained to Jayson Stark of ESPN:
Oh, he can hit 40 [home runs] there...They'll get some home runs, and some game-breaking homers. But with the home runs are going to come a ton of strikeouts and a ton of lousy at-bats. And I'm not sure if he can play the outfield. So, he's a mixed bag for me.
A mixed bag, indeed. The Diamondbacks would be thrilled with 40 home runs. However, Trumbo's massive strikeout totals (184 in 2013), his career .299 OBP and the fact that he will be patrolling left field make this deal a head-scratcher.
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