Chicago White Sox: Mark Trumbo

So far, three-team deal is win, win, win

March, 7, 2014
Mar 7
Padilla By Doug Padilla
That three-team trade in December between the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks that was supposed to give each team exactly what it needed is doing the impossible: It’s actually giving each team exactly what it needs.

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Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY SportsThe trade that netted the White Sox Adam Eaton has worked out well for all parties involved so far.
Trades often purport to have everybody’s best interest in mind, but sooner or later a winner tends to emerge. That still might happen here, but nobody has buyer’s remorse so far.

The main subjects – Adam Eaton to the White Sox, Hector Santiago to the Angels and Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks – have settled in nicely with their new clubs. Sure, spring training games are only a week old, but it’s all we have to go on at this point.

Eaton has been every bit the sparkplug the White Sox were looking for at the top of the order. When he doubled to lead off Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, it gave him six hits in his first 10 official at-bats. In his next at-bat, he was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single. In his third at-bat he walked.

Eaton promised to wreak havoc on opponents, and so far that is exactly what he has done. He has backed up his confident demeanor with the kind of determined play the White Sox were sorely missing last season.

“Any way, shape or form,” Eaton said, spitting it out like a lifelong mantra.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder knows that his keys to success will be his ability to do all the little things.

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