Mark Trumbo To Diamondbacks

Mets fans, forget the fantasy of Mark Trumbo in the five spot behind Curtis Granderson — Trumbo is on his way to Arizona.

In a three-team deal, the Angels sent the slugging Trumbo to the Diamondbacks, Arizona sent prized pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to Anaheim (it’s NOT Los Angeles). At the same time, the D’Backs traded outfielder Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox, and the ChiSox send lefty reliever and Newark, NJ native Hector Santiago to the Angels. After the Rule 5 Draft is complete, players-to-be-named-later will be sent from the Halos to the Snakes (rumor has it that the PTBNL is RHP A.J. Schugel), and from the Palehose to the Snakes (supposedly Brandon Jacobs, the minor league outfielder and not the running back).

I think I got all that right.

In other news, Chad Qualls signed a two-year, $6M deal with the Astros, including a club option for a third year. I’m flabbergasted. I know Qualls had a good year in 2013, but he was awful from 2010 to 2012. I’m suspicious of his ’13 performance — was it luck? Vitamin shakes?

Finally, chronically injured Mark Mulder is attempting a comeback, after mimicking the mechanics of Paco Rodriguez in front of the TV in his living room. Maybe he’ll be the 2014 version of Scott Kazmir. Or maybe he’ll blow out his shoulder again. Maybe every pitcher in the Mets organization should be sent video of Paco Rodriguez and try to emulate him, as well. It’s all mystery and voo-doo, right?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. meticated December 11, 2013 at 6:09 am
    That’s a derivative of Dr mike Marshall ‘ Florida program?…or something unique. ..its giving him about a five foot head start stride before release..and the physics appear radically altered…its like a martial arts slide step..but the pitcher has to be on the rubber at release. has Rodriguez invented a new dynamic or maxed out the kung fu shuffle?