Winter Meetings: Orioles Offer Mark Trumbo Four-Year Deal

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The Baltimore Orioles are trying to bring back one of their most prolific sluggers. 

Mark Trumbo, a free-agent outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter, could possibly return to Baltimore. Today it was announced that Trumbo was offered a four-year deal from the Orioles according to MASN’s Roch Kutbatko:

Trumbo had a slash line of .256/.316/.533 and it is fair to say that it was his best season as a Major Leaguer.

He is looking for a four-year deal, in the $20M per year range. The price seems rather absurd, although Trumbo had a career high in home runs (47) and RBI (108). The slugging right fielder will probably see his price drop into the more manageable 4-year/$70-75M range according to MLB Trade Rumors:

That price sounds like a non-starter for most organizations, and that likely includes the O’s. Per Kubatko, Trumbo’s side has already signaled a willingness to move down to the $70MM to $75MM range while also taking a backloaded salary structure. But that’s still arguably too much for the thirty-year-old slugger, who’s also said to be seeking a no-trade clause.

Although I like the way Trumbo plays and love his nickname (Trumbomb) his days as an Oriole have most likely come to an end. Baltimore should look for a cheaper (maybe) and speedier option for right field. That option should be a guy who gets on base and hits for a good average. Hopefully that player carries a good glove as well.

The Orioles have already looked for options to replace Trumbo. These options are arguably moves that can improve the team in ways that they haven’t improved. Ian Desmond and Ángel Pagán have been names that have shown up on Baltimore’s radar and they play a way better outfield than Trumbo does (no offense Mark). These guys also bring to the Orioles what they don’t have enough of:

Speed.

The Orioles could use a player like Desmond who was in the 20/20 club. They could use a player like Pagán who has speed and batted .277 last season. Make your move Orioles.

UPDATE:

Buster Olney tweets that the Orioles are not close to bringing back Trumbo:

The Orioles reportedly offered Trumbo a deal that is in the $52-55M range:

ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that Trumbo’s agent was notified that the Orioles wouldn’t offer a no-trade clause and go beyond a 3-year deal:

Trumbo looks like he is headed elsewhere if the Orioles don’t change their stance. He was given the qualifying offer of one-year/$17.2M, which means that if a different team signs him, they will give up their first round pick. The Orioles would receive compensation for Trumbo if he decided to go somewhere else.

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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.

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