The Arizona Diamondbacks have shown some interest in trading for Angels outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo, though it's looking unlikely Los Angeles will trade him, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Were a deal to take place, the Diamondbacks would use Trumbo in the outfield. He certainly would not have playing time at first base with Paul Goldschmidt looking like a potential MVP winner in the future. Arizona is looking for an outfielder with pop and could eye free agents like Corey Hart and Michael Morse. The team is not interested in Nelson Cruz, however.
The Angels, who are looking to shed salary with the bloated contracts of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton on the payroll, had been hoping to trade Trumbo for a top young starting pitcher. Trumbo, who is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career, is expected to earn around $5-6 million in 2014. That number will only go up in two additional years of arbitration.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles has not been able to find the kind of return for which they are seeking. Teams are offering back-of the rotation starters while the Angels want a pitcher who fits more into the mold of a number two or three starter. Partly due to that, one team official speaking to ESPN's Jayson Stark said the Angels are probably not looking to trade him anymore.
"I don't think they'll move him at all. They seemed more willing to move him a month ago than they are now," said the official.
Arizona does have some top-of-the line young pitching in prospects Archie Bradley and Tyler Skaggs. However, they are among the top pitching prospects in the game and could likely be used to bring in someone bigger than Trumbo if the Diamondbacks chose to go that route. Arizona's other pitching prospects are not major-league ready, which would not appeal as much to an Angels team looking to fill a hole in the rotation. Thus, were the Diamondbacks to make a move for Trumbo, they would likely have to deal out of their current starting staff.
Trumbo's primary asset is power. And boy does he have a lot of it, launching 95 home runs over three full seasons, including a career-high 34 in 2013. However, he does not do much else well. He is not a sterling defensive player, nor does he come with much speed. At the plate, his power numbers help supplement his OPS but he does not get on base well. He has a career batting line of .250/.299/.469 with a career-high OBP of .317 in 2011.
The Diamondbacks have been active on the trade market this season as they are also looking into trading for Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Arizona already completed one deal, trading away Heath Bell's contract as part of a three-team deal that saw Ryan Hanigan move from the Reds to the Rays.