There is a rumor floating around the lobby of the Winter Meetings in Orlando about a potential three-team trade that involves the Chicago White Sox.That rumor turned into fruition as on Tuesday afternoon, the trade between the White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and Arizona Diamondbacks was completed.
While all the parts of the three-team trade is not known with players to be named later involved, here is what is known about this thee-team trade between White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
White Sox Receive: Center fielder Adam Eaton
White Sox Trade: Starting pitcher Hector Santiago
Diamondbacks Receive: First Baseman/Outfielder Mark Trumbo
Diamondbacks Trade: Pitching prospects Tyler Skaggs
Angles Trade: Trumbo
Angels Receive: Santiago and Skaggs
The move falsl in line with what Kenny Williams indicated the team was looking for when entering the Winter Meetings. Williams suggested that the White Sox were looking to get younger but also more exciting.
Eaton certainly fits the bill. The 25-year old outfielder debuted with the Diamondbacks in 2012. After appearing in 22 games with the Diamondbacks in 2012, Eaton played in 66 games with the team last season. Eaton hit .252/.314/.360 last season with the Diamondbacks in 277 plate appearances. Also, Eaton had a wOBA of .301 last season to go along with an 84 wRC+ and a wRAA of -2.8 runs above average. Not only does Eaton allow the White Sox to get younger with their center field mix but also faster. Eaton had a speed score of 6.9 last season. That being said, to this point in his career, Eaton isn’t considered a plus-defender in center field. Eaton had a UZR of -6.9 last season while playing center field to go along with a DRS of -2.
While the numbers of Eaton may be concerning, projections state that Eaton will blossom if given an opportunity to play everyday.
The White Sox were able to trade Santiago after the team signed pitcher Felipe Paulino earlier this week. Last season with the White Sox, Santiago posted a record of 4-9 to go along with an ERA of 3.56. Santiago’s xFIP of 4.65 last season would seem to indicate that the pitcher was worse than his ERA would indicate. Meaning the White Sox were well-advised to trade Santiago while his stock is relatively high.
Topics: Chicago White Sox