Mark Trumbo Trade Rumors: Teams with the Assets to Tempt Angels into a Deal
With too many outfielders and not enough spots in the lineup to play them all, it is no surprise that the Angels are looking to trade someone away.
According to R.J. White of CBS Sports, that could mean that Mark Trumbo is playing for a new team next season. Dealing Trumbo would help the Angels address some of their other needs, such as the starting rotation, this winter.
Here are five teams with the assets to make a deal for Trumbo.
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The Miami Marlins have already made one big trade this winter and they could pull off another, much smaller deal. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Marlins have had talks with the Los Angeles Angels about a potential swap of Mark Trumbo and Ricky Nolasco.
A move like this would make sense for both teams. Miami would get a power hitter to pair with Giancarlo Stanton as they build for the future and would not need to pay Nolasco the $9 million that he is owed in 2013.
Nolasco wants to leave Miami and a change of scenery could help his performance (h/t Jerry Crasnick of ESPN). Since Nolasco has struggled to put up elite numbers in recent years, the Marlins would likely need to throw in a prospect or two to seal the deal with the Angels.
By acquiring Nolasco, the Angels would have a good option for the back end of their starting rotation.
New York Mets
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While the New York Mets have addressed their need at catcher by acquiring Travis D'Arnaud and John Buck from the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the R.A. Dickey deal, the Mets are still looking for outfielders.
Mike Puma of The New York Post has said that the team is working on a deal for an outfielder, but he does not know who it is. That player could easily be Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo would fit in well with the Mets, since he would be able to play a big role over the next few years as they strive to become contenders again.
Bobby Parnell could go to the Angeles in a trade, but Andy Martino of The New York Daily News has stated that the Mets are not likely to trade him this winter. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has stated that the Angels are looking for relievers, and Parnell would certainly fit the bill.
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Mark Trumbo could be the first baseman and big bat that the Orioles are looking for to replace Mark Reynolds in their starting lineup.
Baltimore has a lot that it can offer the Angels in a deal. The Orioles could deal starting pitchers Jake Arrieta or Zach Britton, both of whom could use a change of scenery, and a prospect to the Angels in a deal.
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The Colorado Rockies have a long way to go before they will contend in the National League West, so it would not be surprising to see them deal some of their veteran talent for young, cost-controlled players. Colorado will need a replacement for Todd Helton next season and Mark Trumbo could be it.
If the Rockies deal for Trumbo, they can have him split time between the outfield and first base in 2013 and then take over at first on a full-time basis in 2014. Trumbo's power would play very well at Coors Field.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler has been on the trade market this winter, but he is not a player that would interest the Los Angeles Angels (h/t Troy Renck of The Denver Post). Instead, the Angels would likely seek a young starting pitcher from the Rockies such as Jhoulys Chacin or Drew Pomeranz.
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Inter-division trades might not be that common, but a deal between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels this winter could make a lot of sense.
The Mariners have been searching for young, cost-controlled hitters since the summer and Mark Trumbo certainly fits that mold (h/t Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports). Adding Trumbo would mean that the Mariners could replace Justin Smoak at first base.
Seattle could provide the Angels with pitching help in any deal. Carter Capps was rated as the seventh-best prospect in the Mariners organization by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, and he is ready to contribute and potentially be dominant out of a big league bullpen right from the start of the 2013 season. The Mariners may need to include another player in a deal, but it would make sense for both sides.