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Morning Links: Rockies News 12/11

The Colorado Rockies weren’t the only team in the NL West that made a big move on Tuesday at the 2013 Winter Meetings. On the same day that the Rockies got Brett Anderson in a trade with the A’s, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired slugger Mark Trumbo in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox. Give these teams credit: they are fighting an uphill battle in the same division as the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they are still being aggressive and trying to make impact moves.

Here’s what is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:

From Thomas Harding: Rockies confident Anderson can be ‘impact starter’ (MLB.com)

There is more to Anderson than an injury history. The A’s thought enough of him to start him on Opening Day in 2013. The Rockies, who are close to being able to call their starting rotation a strength, thought enough to make a significant financial investment. Anderson is due $8 million in 2014. A Major League source said the A’s will pay $2 million of that amount.

From Brett Anderson himself (via Twitter)

From Steve Engbloom: MLB Winter Meetings Has Its First Trade (Call to the Pen)

Okay. So, the Arizona Diamondbacks receive Mark Trumbo and two players to be named later (one from LA, one from Chicago); Chicago White Sox receive Adam Eaton; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receive Tyler Skaggs (from Arizona) andHector Santiago (from White Sox)…

…The first point of criticism many seem to have with Trumbo is his OBP. His career OBP of .299 isn’t pretty, and in this day and age of many looking for a respectable level in this stat (regardless of player type), Trumbo does fall short. Could go to say significantly short.

There’s the issue of strikeouts. His SO% from ’11-’13 are 20.9%, 26.1%, and 27.1%. For his career, 25.1%.

From Troy Renck (via Twitter)

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