After three months of being a free agent, Mark Trumbo has decided to stay in Baltimore. The hard-hitting outfielder/DH has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles.
The new deal is reportedly for 3-years and $37.5 million. This is far from the deal that Trumbo had been expecting. Last month, it was reported by news services that Trumbo was reportedly seeking a contract of $80 million and his numbers for 2016 justified such an amount.
The slugger hit .256, but led the Majors in home runs with 47 and knocked in 108 runs, which were both career highs for the 30-year old.
Looking at just his numbers it appeared that Trumbo was going to sign a lucrative deal during the offseason. However, front office personnel around the league quickly realized that the potential to overpay a player such as Trumbo for his breakout season was a mistake especially since a draft pick would be lost in signing him.
Trumbo has always had power. He hit 95 homers during a three-season stretch with the Los Angeles Angels, but he is also a .250 career hitter. In addition, Trumbo has never had a season where he batted higher than .268. He has been streaky throughout his career, despite being able to knock the ball out of any park.
Therefore, instead of holding out for a bigger contract in a market that continues to shrink, and risk settling on a deal for one year that is loaded with incentive and/or options, Trumbo decided to re-sign with Baltimore.
Trumbo should continue splitting playing time between DH and right field as the Orioles look to compete again this season for the American League East title.
The team reached the wildcard game in 2016 against Toronto and lost 5-2, with both runs coming on a home run by Trumbo.
This move is great for Baltimore as well. Rather than overpaying Trumbo, the team signed him to a contract that offers a minimal risk and similar to the extension they made with J.J. Hardy for $40 million prior to the start of the 2015 season.
Today, with the signing of Trumbo, general manager Dan Duquette has retained an important part of the team from last season, while ensuring that Baltimore can remain in a position to keep its star at third base Manny Machado when the time arrives to give him a long-term deal.