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The Arizona Diamondbacks entered this offseason with a surplus of cheap, controllable, MLB-ready players. In other words, they had the ammunition to trade for basically any player in the league.
Yet they elected to sacrifice Tyler Skaggs and Adam Eaton, two of their finest chips, for Mark Trumbo.
No, as a National League team, the D-Backs will not have the luxury of sticking Trumbo in the designated hitter's spot. Inconveniently, franchise player Paul Goldschmidt is entrenched at first base, which eliminates the only other logical fit for Trumbo.
Rather, Arizona intends to start the 235-pounder in left field on a daily basis. Trumbo actually owns a tolerable 1.4 UZR/150 in 75 career games at the position, but the eye test suggests that his lack of range will be exploited over a larger sample size.
The club is delusional if it's relying on Trumbo's bat to make this transaction worthwhile. His strikeout rate has grown markedly worse each season, and he doesn't even have sufficient plate discipline to be a true "three outcomes" guy (career .299 OBP). With half his games at Chase Field, Trumbo could challenge for the National League lead in home runs, but that's going to cause his salary to soar in arbitration.
In this three-team trade, the D-Backs also acquired minor leaguers Brandon Jacobs and A.J. Schugel. However, it's doubtful that either can become impact players at the highest level. Even if they make that leap, it won't come in 2014.
Bleacher Report MLB experts Jason Martinez and Zachary D. Rymer both dubbed this the worst move of the offseason.
Ely is a national MLB Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a sportscaster for 90.5 WVUM in Miami. He wants to make sweet, social love with all of you on Twitter.