LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Angels could fill both vacancies in their starting rotation in one trade.
They are in talks to acquire Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox in a three-way trade that would send Mark Trumbo to Arizona and outfielder Adam Eaton to Chicago.
The Angels had tried to get Santiago from the White Sox for infielder Howie Kendrick, but Chicago said no.
Trumbo would play the outfield for the Diamondbacks. It is unclear what other players -- likely prospects -- would be involved in the deal.
The Angels are strapped for pitching and money; the proposed trade would help in both respects. Neither Skaggs nor Santiago is eligible for salary arbitration, but Trumbo is, so the Angels' payroll would decline modestly, leaving budget room for midseason additions.
Also, the Angels would have three left-handed starters -- Skaggs, Santiago and C.J. Wilson -- in a division that has added strong left-handed hitters in Robinson Cano and Prince Fielder.
Skaggs, 22, a former Angels first-round draft choice, is 3-6 with a 5.43 earned-run average in 13 major league starts. Santiago, 25, went 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA last season.
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