Contract talks between free agent first baseman Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles have stalled, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN — a detail that has come to light less than 24 hours after the club reportedly rescinded its contract offer. Kubatko also confirmed the Orioles took their contract offer off the table.
The issue at hand, apparently, revolves around the two sides agreeing on a proper financial figure for Trumbo's value. According to Kubatko, there does appear to be some middle ground between the club and player, both have agreed on a four-year deal, he noted. However, as Kubatko states, the two sides have "vastly different salary expectations."
Baltimore traded for the first baseman, who will turn 31 years old in one month, before the start of the 2016 season. Appearing in 159 games during his first season with the O's, Trumbo posted a career- and MLB-best 47 home runs, along with a .256 average and a .316 on-base percentage. He displayed his intellect in the batter's box, allowing roughly only one quarter of his at-bats to end in a strikeout — room for improvement, but not for concern.
Sadly, for Trumbo, he provided little value to Baltimore beyond the batter's box. Manager Buck Showalter has opted to split Trumbo's position time, employing him in right field and as the team's designated hitter. Metrics and scouts at games have rated his displays on the field as less than optimal, and have had even worse things to say about Trumbo's base running.
Despite all of the ruckus, this in no way means the Orioles have completely moved on from Trumbo. Just last offseason, Baltimore navigated contract negotiations down a similar path with another player, Chris Davis. The O's made an offer, pulled it once talks stalled, then suddenly it was pulled out of the drawer and Davis was signed.
At the moment, Trumbo joins a first base free-agent class that features bats like Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Carter.null