Mark Trumbo was traded to Arizona in a three-team deal that also involved the Angels and White Sox.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The team with the highest slugging percentage in the National League last year by righthanded batters traded for another righthanded power bat on Tuesday. To acquire Mark Trumbo from the Angels, the Arizona Diamondbacks further depleted what was once a deep reservoir of young pitching. Though Trumbo neither gets on base at a decent rate nor plays defense well (Arizona will use him in leftfield and cross its fingers), he has proven power from the right side, averaging 32 home runs per year in his three full seasons. Even for a team that could use more pop from the left side, Trumbo was too valuable for general manager Kevin Towers to pass up.
“Look around the game,” Towers said. “If [Yoenis] Cespedes doesn’t come out after [the 2015] season, there’s nobody out there with righthanded power to acquire for a long time. Where can you find it? We like the fact that Trumbo has a proven track record.”