Free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo is coming off a career season, and it didn't take him long to cash in, as he has reportedly reached a new contract agreement.
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Trumbo, Orioles Reportedly Agree to Deal
Thursday, Jan. 19
According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles agreed on a three-year contract on Thursday.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports initially reported Trumbo and the Orioles were making progress on a new deal earlier Thursday. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports said the deal is expected to be worth less than $40 million.
Rosenthal, citing major league sources, reported on Jan. 12 that "Trumbo recently asked the [Orioles] for a three-year, $50 million contract but later indicated that he would sign a deal of the same length in a lesser $40 million to $50 million range." Rosenthal continued:
"The willingness of Trumbo to accept a three-year deal below $50 million—after the two sides reportedly discussed four-year contracts at higher guarantees earlier this off-season—would at least appear to create room for negotiation. The Orioles made Trumbo an 'aggressive' three-year offer at the start of the off-season, general manager Dan Duquette told MLB Network on Thursday."
On Jan. 13, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported that Trumbo turned down a four-year, $52 million offer from the Orioles earlier in the offseason in the hopes of landing a contract in the $70-75 million range.
"There's been no movement toward a deal with [Trumbo], and it's becoming less likely that the Orioles will re-sign him. Their interest hasn't disappeared, but previous talks went nowhere and there hasn't been renewed dialogue to leave either side encouraged."
The Orioles run the risk of letting a home run champ walk out the door for the second time in three winters. They’re taking a hit in the power department, with Trumbo (47), Pedro Alvarez (22) and Matt Wieters (17) accounting for 86 of the club’s 253 home runs.
Kubatko also reported Dec. 5 that he heard the Orioles had offered Trumbo a four-year contract. Kubatko noted Trumbo's representatives were looking for $80 million but "showed flexibility" for $70 million to $75 million on a back-loaded contract.
Rangers Considering Trumbo
Wednesday, Jan. 11
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported the Texas Rangers have recently checked in on Trumbo.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first linked the Rangers to Trumbo on Dec. 5.
Rockies Targeting Trumbo
Thursday, Dec. 15
"If they land either slugger, they likely would shift [Ian] Desmond to the outfield, giving them a valuable trade chip in Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez to acquire pitching help," Nightengale added.
Cardinals Potential Trumbo Suitor
Friday, Dec. 9
The St. Louis Cardinals may be in play to pursue Trumbo and Encarnacion, per Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Mariners No Longer Interested in Trumbo
Wednesday, Dec. 7
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, citing a source, reported the Seattle Mariners are "moving on from" Trumbo. "A source says 'several things would have to happen' for them to re-engage with him."
Trumbo Getting Plenty of Interest
Monday, Nov. 14
Passan reported the market for Trumbo "is bustling," which will increase the chances of him declining the qualifying offer from his former team.
The Orioles extended a $17.2 million offer for 2017 to Trumbo on Nov. 7, per Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun.
Trumbo Cashes in After Breakout 2016
The Mariners traded the 30-year-old to Baltimore last winter, and he exceeded his one-year, $9.15 million deal (h/t Spotrac) by leaps and bounds in 2016.
He led the majors with a career-high 47 home runs along with 108 RBI as the big bopper of an Orioles lineup that hit an MLB-best 253 home runs.
It was a major resurgence for a player whose career was called into question after a two-year stretch in 2014 and 2015 in which he hit 14 and 22 home runs, respectively, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners.
For a player whose career batting average is .251, he had to display power in order to remain a legitimate contributor within an MLB lineup.
He had flashed his power upon his introduction to the big leagues with 95 home runs in three years with the Los Angeles Angels, but his first and possibly only year with the Orioles made him a big-time power bat who is now being coveted throughout the league.
FanGraphs' Dave Cameron is projecting him to sign a four-year, $66 million deal that would average $16.5 million per year.