Mark Trumbo was expected to receive big money offers on the free agent market after coming off a season in which he hit 47 home runs, but the market never really materialized. With just a few weeks left till the start of spring training, Trumbo and and his agent appear willing to accept far less than they they previously anticipated.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Baltimore Orioles and Trumbo are closing in on a deal, meaning the slugger will be returning to Camden Yards next season. The deal is in the neighborhood of three-years, $37.5 million.
Trumbo, who recently turned 31, was part of the Baltimore core that powered the Orioles to a wild card berth last season. Earlier this offseason, talks between the two sides broke down and it looked as if Trumbo would head elsewhere to play baseball next season, but in the last few days, talks have been had and it is expected a deal will be finalized to add Trumbo and his power bat back to the lineup.
Last season, Trumbo slashed .256/.316/.533 on his way to earning an All-Star spot and a Silver Slugger Award in the American League. The slugger led the league in home runs last season, with 47, while driving in 108 runs in Baltimore and being a key piece of the lineup. His calling card is his offense, as he's averaged 34 home runs per 162 games played in his career, and he has done it across both leagues.
Baltimore figures to pencil his bat into the middle of the order, but they do have some decisions to make on where to play him on defense. While he mainly played outfield last season, he has limited range and is considered by some to be a defensive-liability. He has played first base in his career and could play there, or he could slot in as a designated hitter.
Baltimore also has Chris Davis, who has been the first baseman for the past several seasons. Trumbo could take over defensively at first and let Davis DH, but that remains to be seen. As of now, the Orioles will have some decisions to make about how to fit all their bats in the lineup.null