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Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers did well to trade reliever Heath Bell and all but $500,000 of the $5 million he was owed by the team to the Tampa Bay Rays. Acquiring Addison Reed after the team had a rough time closing out games in 2013 was also a solid move. But it ends there.
Although Towers landed the power-hitting corner outfielder he had been seeking in Mark Trumbo (pictured), he traded away two young players, center fielder Adam Eaton and pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who have the ability to make this trade look extremely poor for the D'backs.
Not long after Towers was hired by Arizona, he made it a point to rid the team of some of their strikeout-prone hitters, notably third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Chris Young. Reynolds was traded during Towers' first offseason on the job, while Young was traded last offseason.
With Eaton, a prototypical leadoff man with a career .450 on-base percentage in the minors, arriving in the majors, the makeover appeared to have been completed. But in a reversal of philosophy, Towers sent Eaton packing to the White Sox in order to acquire Trumbo, a one-dimensional player who struck out 184 times last season.
Skaggs, who was one of the top pitching prospects in the game coming into the 2013 season, went to the pitching-starved Angels, where he'll have a much better chance to break into the majors. At just 22 years of age, it's very possible the D'backs gave up on him a season too early.