Dealing begins in earnest at Major League Baseball's winter meetings

By Ronald Blum | Associated Press Published:

By Ronald Blum | Associated Press

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 15-foot-wide 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.

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 hitting 95 homers during the last three seasons, the sometimes outfielder was deemed superfluous by Los Angeles, which craved starting pitching behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards.

Oakland, the two-time defending AL West champion, received lefty Drew Pomeranz -- a former Cleveland Indian -- 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 left-hander, who is due $8 million next season.

Tampa Bay is discussing offers for 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers listening to those interested in outfielder Matt Kemp.

Detroit closed in on an agreement with outfielder Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million.

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