Baltimore Orioles: Contract talks between Orioles and Mark Trumbo stalled
All winter the Baltimore Orioles have expressed interest in reuniting with Mark Trumbo. However, talks have stalled and it’s a huge possibility Trumbo could take his talents elsewhere.
All offseason the Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo have been discussing a potential reunion for the 2017 season.
However, at the moment it seems as if contract negotiations have stalled and suddenly it’s a huge possibility Trumbo takes his business elsewhere.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Orioles and Trumbo were discussing a four-year framework for a potential contract. But as of Saturday night the Baltimore offer is currently off the table.
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It doesn’t necessarily mean the Orioles and Trumbo are moving on from one another, since there is a chance they could work out a potential deal. However, you would have to think both sides couldn’t agree on a crucial part of the contract–money perhaps–which led to the stalled negotiations.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time the Orioles have taken back an offer during the negotiation process. The Orioles and Chris Davis underwent the same type of contract negotiation last offseason where the Orioles removed an offer from the table. Eventually both sides agreed to a deal which resulted in the Orioles signing the slugger.
Despite a reunion with the Orioles not working out (for now), Trumbo does have a market with other teams. The Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers are all vying for Trumbo’s services.
The Orioles are still interested in reuniting with Trumbo, and with the market full of similar hitters, maybe Trumbo will eventually agree with the Orioles offer. But the Hot Stove season is usually a cat and mouse game. And if the Orioles are still interested, they’re going to have to strategically plan their next move in their quest to re-acquire Trumbo.
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Trumbo has one season under his belt with the Orioles, which he hit .256/.316/.533 with a career-high 47 home runs.