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Angels acquire LHP Hector Santiago and LHP Tyler Skaggs from Diamondbacks

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - The Angels today acquired LHP Hector Santiago and LHP Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for INF/OF Mark Trumbo and a player to be named later. Today's announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

Santiago, 25, spent the 2013 season with the Chicago White Sox and pitched to a 4-9 record and 3.56 ERA (149 IP - 59 ER) with 137 strikeouts in 34 games (23 starts). He opened the season in the bullpen and did not allow an earned run in six appearances (10.2 IP) before being moved to the starting rotation in early May. Santiago registered a quality start in 12 of his 23 starts and allowed three runs or fewer in eight of the nine games in which he was charged with the loss.

A native of Newark, NJ, Santiago was originally drafted by the White Sox in the 30th round of the 2006 amateur draft. The left-hander owns an 8-10 career Major League record and 3.41 ERA (224.2 IP - 85 ER) with 218 strikeouts across parts of three big league campaigns. Santiago was acquired by the Diamondbacks earlier this afternoon before being traded to the Angels.

Skaggs, 22, spent the 2013 season pitching for the Diamondbacks, Triple-A Reno and Single-A Visalia. The left-hander posted a 2-3 record with a 5.12 ERA (38.2 IP - 22 ER) and 36 strikeouts in his seven major league starts last season. Skaggs also made 20 starts in the minors in 2013 (19 with Triple-A and 1 with Single-A), combining to go 6-10 with a 4.60 ERA (109.2 IP - 56 ER). In 13 big league starts since making his major league debut in 2012, the Woodland Hills, CA native has registered a 3-6 record with a 5.43 (68.0 IP - 41 ER) ERA.

A former first round draft selection (40th overall) by the Halos in 2009, Skaggs returns to the Angels boasting a 33-27 record with a 3.34 ERA (498.2 IP - 185 IP) and 544 strikeouts in 97 games in the minors (87 starts). Skaggs, who entered the 2013 season ranked as the number one prospect in the Diamondback organization, was originally traded by the Angels to Arizona in 2010 along with LHP Patrick Corbin and RHP Rafael Rodriguez in exchange for RHP Dan Haren.

Trumbo, 27, spent his third full season with the Angels in 2013 and batted .234 (145/620) while setting career highs with 159 games played, 34 home runs and 100 RBI. His home run total ranked tied for fourth in the American League and he became just sixth Halo ever to post back-to-back 30 home run seasons. During his MLB career, he has batted .250 (429/1718) with 80 doubles, 95 home runs and 284 RBI in 460 games played. He has made starts defensively at four different positions: first base (299 games), left field (75 games), right field (65 games) and third base (nine games). The Anaheim, CA native was originally drafted by the Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

 

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