Are the Seattle Mariners looking to upgrade their lineup? According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Mariners are in serious talks with Mark Trumbo. MLB.com's Greg John confirms both sides have talked, but it's not as serious as Jim Bowden suggests.
Trumbo is familiar with current Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto during their tenure in the Los Angeles Angels organization, so it may not be much of a surprise that Dipoto checked in on him, at least. If the Mariners were to sign Trumbo, he would add even more power to their lineup that already contains Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, recently acquired Jean Segura, and Kyle Seager while also providing outfield help.
Trumbo batted .256/.316/.533 with a league-leading 47 home runs. He would fit in the outfield for the time being until Cruz's contract expires in 2018 and move into the designated hitter role. While he fits in the Mariners plans long-term, there are some things to look at with him. He is reportedly commanding a four-year deal worth $60 million, he strikes out frequently, and his defense isn't great.
The Mariners have seen in the past with sluggers on their roster, there isn't any defensive value, so is it really worth signing him when he also has a draft pick attached to him for declining the Baltimore Orioles' qualifying offer? Time will tell how serious Jerry Dipoto is about signing Trumbo.null