LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The winter meetings got busy Tuesday with a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, and Oakland dealt pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado.
Halfway through the four-day swap session, the dais at the Dolphin Hotel near Walt Disney World has been used for three announcements involving player transactions — triple the total of last year’s inert meetings in Nashville, Tenn.
In the big deal of the day, the Chicago White Sox 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 Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams.
“It’s nice when you’re able to have three clubs up here all feeling good about things,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.
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Arizona GM Kevin Towers was interested in another of Hahn’s players: pitcher Chris Sale. But Chicago doesn’t appear interested in dealing the 24-year-old left-hander.
“We would have talked about Mr. Sale,” Towers said. “I imagine we might have been doing something directly. But I still can’t get him to budge there.”
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI this year, playing first base in 123 games because Albert Pujols was hurt. Despite his 95 homers the last three years, the sometimes outfielder was deemed superfluous by L.A., which craved starting pitching behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards.
After finishing last in the AL Central with their worst record since 1970 at 63-99, the White Sox “ lacked a little bit of energy and a little edge,” Hahn said. “This is a dirt-bag baseball player. This is a guy who has been described to me by someone at this table with words I can’t use.”
Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, received lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor-league right-hander Chris Jensen from the Rockies for Anderson. The A’s also included cash to cover part of the salary of the lefty, who is due $8 million next season.
• Detroit closed in on an agreement with OF Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 to $10 million, a source told AP.
• It remained unclear whether Japanese star P Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to major-league teams.
• 1B-OF Garrett Jones and Miami finalized a $7.75 million, two-year contract; C J.P.
Arencibia and Texas completed a $1.8M, one-year deal; and RHP Ryan Webb and Baltimore finished a two-year agreement.