By Bryan Stauffer
Five months after the three-team trade that sent former Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks and pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Angels, which team seems to be on the winning end of the transaction?
Although Trumbo has only appeared in 21 games this season because of a foot injury that’ll sideline him for six weeks, he has seven home runs and 19 runs batted in. Project that total out to 37 games, or up to this point, and he would have around 12 home runs and 33 RBIs. Not bad at all.
Santiago, on the other hand, has struggled mightily in his first season with the Halos. He is 0-6 this season, posting a shaky earned run average of 5.19.
As of Friday, Halos skipper Mike Scoscia removed Santiago from the rotation in an effort to correct some of his early season issues.
Hitters are batting .272 against Santiago this season, by far the highest opponent batting average he has allowed in his four-year career.
Skaggs, aside from a steep ERA, has been a great addition to a pitching staff that has struggled in recent memory.
The Woodland Hills native sits at 3-1 on the season and has done a nice job of mixing up his pitches and keeping hitters on their toes.
In 45 2/3 innings, Skaggs has only walked 13 batters, while striking out 28, and is holding opponents to a .228 batting average.
With Angels outfielders Josh Hamilton and Cole Calhoun currently hobbled with injuries, it’s easy to say that the Angels wish they had Trumbo to fill the void of two hitters who were surging before they were sidelined, but then again odds are if Trumbo was still around Calhoun would have never gotten the chance to prove his potential in the field or at the dish.
The Angels absolutely needed pitching help back in December, and they made the best move for their organization in the long run. The Halos knew they had outfield depth with J.B. Schuck and Colin Cowgill if anyone did happen to go down, which made Trumbo a little more expendable. Plus, how many teams wouldn’t be interested in a guy with Trumbo’s power and upside?
Overall, Anaheim made the right move for its future.
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