Orioles and Trumbo Unexpectedly Reach Agreement

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The Baltimore Orioles have made a gigantic and unexpected move today.

Baltimore and free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo have agreed to a three-year deal, worth $37.5 million according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports:

Heyman broke the news a few hours previous to the deal, citing a rapid movement in talks between Trumbo’s camp and the Orioles.

Heyman would mention that the Orioles were always Trumbo’s first choice and eventually, it was announced that he would re-sign with the team. Baltimore had discussed a new deal with Trumbo in December, where the Orioles offered around $10 million a season. However, Baltimore would pull the deal because Trumbo’s camp believed that he could receive more money.

Trumbo batted .256/.316/.533, batted in 108 runs, and hit a league-high 47 homers in 2016. Before the 2016 season, Baltimore acquired Trumbo by trading catcher Steve Clevenger to the Seattle Mariners. The outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter originally made it to the Majors in 2010 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He would also play with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the aforementioned Mariners.

It was previously thought that Orioles general manager Dan Duquette would be privy to taking a compensatory draft pick in place of re-signing Trumbo. It was mainly due to Trumbo’s asking price being too high (he previously looked for a deal within the $70-80 million price range). With the Orioles farm system being ranked among the lowest in the Majors by many baseball writers, it was thought that Orioles would go in a different direction.

Trumbo was also a mixed bag in the outfield. The biggest catch of his return to Baltimore is that he will be limited to being the designated hitter. He was fourth among right fielders in the American League in assists (10), but was minus-9 in defensive runs saved.

With the re-addition of Trumbo, the Orioles look to make another run at the playoffs. The deal is currently pending a physical.

 

About Kyle Andrews 90 Articles
Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

2 Comments

  1. “With the Orioles farm system being ranked among the lowest in the Majors by many baseball writers, it was thought that Orioles would go in a different direction.”

    Since when were you under the impression Dan Duncequette was smart?

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