Sox join Diamondbacks-Angels rumor

Adam Eaton was slowed by an elbow injury last season. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox are continuing to try to get younger, judging by one of the hottest trade rumors of the winter meetings.

The White Sox have apparently become a third party in the Arizona Diamondbacks' efforts to pry slugger Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels.

As reported by ESPN.com's Keith Law, the White Sox would send left-hander Hector Santiago to the Angels, while getting highly touted outfielder Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks. Eaton is a left-handed-hitting leadoff type who plays a hard-nosed style similar to that of Aaron Rowand.

The Diamondbacks would get Trumbo, and the Angels also would receive left-hander Tyler Skaggs, if the rumored deal comes to fruition.

Eaton would presumably take over in center field, flanked by Avisail Garcia in right. If Dayan Viciedo remains the left fielder, Alejandro De Aza could be traded or become the fourth outfielder.

Not a plus defender when it comes to getting jumps on fly balls, or for his route-taking, Eaton can make up for some deficiencies with his foot speed. He batted .381 with a .995 OPS at Triple-A Reno in 2012. His year with the Diamondbacks last season was slowed by an elbow injury.

Santiago has become the White Sox's default left-handed pitching trade chip. The starting rotation is overloaded with four left-handers but three of them don't figure to be dealt. Chris Sale is the staff ace and isn't going anywhere; the asking price on Quintana is huge; and nobody is expected to take on John Danks' contract in a deal.

The White Sox showed in their trades during the 2013 season that they will do everything possible to not pick up any salary for players leaving the team.

Santiago is well aware of trade possibilities, saying last month that it has been on his mind, especially because the White Sox have so many lefty starters.

"We talked about that the other day at [Matt] Lindstrom's wedding, me and [Addison] Reed and Donnie Veal and Lindstrom," Santiago said. "You're going to hear stuff and you don't know what's true and what's not. You don't know what to expect but just be ready for whether it's here or somewhere else."

By trading Santiago, the White Sox would open a rotation spot for right-hander Felipe Paulino, who was signed to a one-year deal Monday with an option for a second year. The final rotation spot after Sale, Quintana, Danks and Paulino could go to either Erik Johnson or Andre Rienzo. The right-handers both made their major league debuts last season.