The Oakland Athletics have expressed some interest in free-agent Mark Trumbo, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Oakland was also a key player in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, which was eventually won by the Cleveland Indians.
As noted in the report, it is not yet known how far Oakland intends to go for Trumbo. A good guess would say the A's could offer a short-term deal with a higher average annual value (AAV), but they could too lengthen a deal and offer a lesser amount of pay. Oakland could also just be looking to be a landing spot if no serious contract is offered elsewhere.
In days past, the Baltimore Orioles reportedly had offered Trumbo a four-year deal worth more than $50 million, but have now taken that deal off the table, according to other reports. The Colorado Rockies, likewise, are said to be keeping an eye on Trumbo's market, which would likely move Ian Desmond back to the outfield.
Oakland seems to be a nice landing spot for Trumbo, as he could spend time at first base and being their designated hitter. Trumbo is also fit to play a corner outfield spot if need, however, the A's have already acquired two outfielders this offseason, most recently Rajai Davis.
In 2016, with Baltimore, Trumbo smashed 47 home runs and drove in 108 runs in 613 at-bats, as he held a .256 batting average. With the power, there is also a downside, as Trumbo struck out 170 times last season.
In early November, MLB Trade Rumors, predicted Trumbo to receive a four-year deal worth $60 million.null