Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported that the young player became available after the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a long-term deal:
Angels are very likely to trade one of the outfielders (Bourjos, Trumbo) for a pitcher. Could be either one, depending on the return.— DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 14, 2012
David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution then confirmed the Braves interest in a response to a question on Twitter:
ajcbraves) December 14, 2012
It is important that the front office gets more aggressive in their pursuit of the talented hitter.
Atlanta won 94 games last season despite finishing No. 17 in the majors in runs scored. The squad combined to finish No. 22 in slugging percentage. To make matters worse, the team will be without Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones in 2013.
The Braves need a position player who can immediately boost the offense. Trumbo is that player.
In the last two seasons, the corner infielder and outfielder hit 61 home runs. He was an All-Star last year in only his second full year in the majors.
Trumbo's .491 slugging percentage is also a certain pickup for a team that needs some help in the power department.
He would instantly boost the middle of the Braves lineup and make it a much more dangerous offensive team.
Of course, making the trade will not be easy. The Angels are much more likely to part with Peter Bourjos unless someone comes along with a better offer. Fortunately, the Braves have the pieces necessary.
Even after trading Tommy Hanson, Atlanta still has pitching depth thanks to prospect Julio Teheran. They have the option of packaging either the young player or some other pitcher in any trade and still have a full rotation.
hearing #Braves did make strong push for Choo but weren't going to overpay for 1-year rental.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) December 12, 2012
If the biggest hangup was the lack of long-term security, then Trumbo is the perfect option. He is under team control until the 2016 season.
Should the Braves go after Mark Trumbo?
The Braves have been looking at other options, but the other choices are not nearly as good.
Dexter Fowler is likely the top target, but he would cost a decent amount in a trade as well and cannot be trusted away from Coors Field. Last season, he hit .332 with 10 home runs at home, but only .262 with three home runs on the road.
As the rest of the division improves, Atlanta has to keep getting better just to keep up. Unless they get another big-time hitter in the lineup, the Braves will have a tough time competing.
Trumbo is the best option and the team should feel no concern mortgaging the future to win now.