Baltimore Orioles: Should the Orioles try to re-sign Mark Trumbo?
Mark Trumbo is one of the many Baltimore Orioles headlining the free agent market. But should the Orioles try to re-sign the home run leading OF?
It’s hard to ignore the season Mark Trumbo has had for the Baltimore Orioles. The power-hitting outfielder hit 47 dingers in 2016, which led all of Major League Baseball. But will that be enough to interest the Orioles in a potential reunion?
Trumbo hopes to garner interest in the slim free agent market, and he could be in line for a hefty payday. That alone might deter the Orioles from signing the power-hitting outfielder.
Despite that, Trumbo wouldn’t mind in a reunion with the Orioles.
Following the Orioles loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League WIld Card game, Trumbo said the following to MASN.com.
"I love it here. I had a great time and I’m sure we’ll talk at some point. Who wouldn’t (want to come back)? It has been an absolute blast this year.”More from Orioles NewsBaltimore Orioles Sign RP Mychal GivensGunnar Henderson: Destroyer of Four-Seam FastballsWhich Current Baltimore Orioles Pitchers Have the Best Curveballs?Orioles News: Should the O’s Pursue Eovaldi? + More MLB NewsShould the Baltimore Orioles Consider Signing Nathan Eovaldi?"
During the 2016 season, Trumbo hit .256/.316/.533 with 47 home runs and 108 RBI’s. And while his overall numbers were impressive, he trailed off during the second half of the season, hitting .214 from mid-July to October.
Despite that, Trumbo continued to provide power in the Orioles lineup, as he drove in the only two runs during the American League Wild Card game.
The advantage the Orioles have in retaining Trumbo is power numbers at Camden Yards. However, the Orioles could find that same home run production from other players, notably Chris Davis.
With that said, the Orioles could let Trumbo walk and work on extensions for players such as Zach Britton, Manny Machado, Chris Tillman or Matt Wieters.
Still, Trumbo has been a valuable asset offensively. But could the Orioles expect Trumbo to continue hitting home runs at a torrid pace? Is it likely Trumbo’s numbers could once again tail off?
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The Orioles are never going to know what they’ll get from Trumbo next season. And the team already has to worry about signing their arbitration eligible players.
While it would be nice to retain Trumbo, the Orioles might consider letting him go. Simply because they won’t be able to afford him.