LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had been talking trade with Chicago White Sox GM Rick Hahn for a month when he arrived at the winter meetings last weekend and sent a text to Angels counterpart Jerry Dipoto.
"Can I get your attention in that Trumbo deal for Skaggs and Eaton?" he remembered writing.
"Sure, why don't you come down and talk?" Dipoto quickly replied, according to Towers.
Two days later, a three-team trade fell into place.
Chicago acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for slugger Mark Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs.
"It's nice when you're able to have three clubs up here all feeling good about things," Hahn said Tuesday during a news conference. "Obviously, as Jerry pointed out, it does hurt a little bit, but it costs something to get something."
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs this year, playing first base in 123 games because Albert Pujols was hurt. Despite hitting 95 homers during the last three seasons, the sometimes outfielder was deemed superfluous by Los Angeles, which craved starting pitching behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards.
"Right now we'd line up with both guys as starters," Dipoto said.
Trumbo was used to hearing his name in trade talk.
"I think it's been rumored for years now," he said. "I knew that this one was a serious thing."
He'll join a batting order that includes Paul Goldschmidt, who led the NL with 125 RBIs and tied for the league lead in home runs with 36.
"We all addressed some of our biggest needs," Towers said. "We'll give him some protection."