Per a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Texas Rangers are interested in free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
With Carlos Beltran now a member of the Houston Astros and Ian Desmond likely leaving as well, the Rangers are in need of a right-handed bat, particularly one that could play the outfield, so it makes sense that Trumbo is on Texas’ radar, given he could serve as the club’s designated hitter or even play in right field.
As a member of the Baltimore Orioles during the 2016 season, the 30-year-old Trumbo hammered a career-high 47 home runs, blistering his former record of 34 long balls, which he hit with the Los Angeles Angels back in 2013. Trumbo received his first Silver Slugger Award for his offensive performance this season and was named to the American League All-Star squad in July, honors which have impacted his value this offseason.
It was reported earlier on Monday that Trumbo recently turned down a four-year contract from the Orioles worth $52-55 million and countered it with a deal of equal length for $75-80 million; the Orioles are not engaged in contract negotiations with Trumbo at this time.
In addition to Trumbo, the Rangers have been previously linked to free agent Carlos Gomez and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.null