It was minutes after the trade was officially announced that Tyler Skaggs received a text message from Mike Trout.

In 2010, the two were roommates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, until early July, before Trout was promoted to High Class A ball and Skaggs was shipped to the D-backs along with Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders in the deal that involved Jerry Dipoto -- then the interim general manager in Arizona -- sending Dan Haren to the Angels.

Since then, Trout has turned himself into a man Skaggs can confidently say is "definitely the best player in the game today by far."

"I saw it when we lived together," Skaggs said. "I saw it all the way back then that he was going to be a superstar."

Skaggs, reacquired by the Angels on Tuesday in the three-team trade that also brought in former White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago, still has his room in Santa Monica, Calif. Heck, Skaggs still has the same old worn-out Halos poster hanging from his wall -- of Darin Erstad, Tim Salmon, Troy Glaus and Ramon Ortiz rocking the periwinkle uniforms under the words: "It's All About Baseball With the Angels."

Skaggs was a true Angels fan -- just like the guy he was traded for, Mark Trumbo -- and he's hopeful that a return to the organization he always wanted to play for can help take his career to the next level.

"It's just funny growing up, watching all these guys, wanting to be on the Angels and then getting drafted by them, and now coming back to them, and hopefully getting to the big leagues with them," Skaggs said in a phone conversation. "Everything's kind of coming full circle. It's a blessing."

At 17, Skaggs was plucked out of Santa Monica High School in a 2009 First-Year Player Draft that might one of be the best in Angels history. With its first four picks, the club selected Randal Grichuk (24th), Trout (25th), Skaggs (40th) and Garrett Richards (42nd).

"And don't forget about Patrick Corbin," Skaggs said of his ex-D-backs teammate, who was taken in the second round.

Like Santiago, Skaggs -- 22 years old with an athletic, 6-foot-5 frame -- is young, throws left-handed and has an option year left. Unlike Santiago, who is almost assured a spot on the 25-man roster either as a starter or a reliever, Skaggs will to have to earn a rotation spot out of Spring Training, with the Halos expected to add a free-agent starting pitcher.