After Mark Trumbo and the Baltimore Orioles spent a good portion of the offseason in a “cat and mouse” game, the Orioles confirmed Trumbo will rejoin the team on a three-year, $37 Million contract.
The Baltimore Orioles and Mark Trumbo spent a good portion of the offseason in a proverbial”cat and mouse” game.
But all of that came to an end on Thursday night when the Orioles and Trumbo agreed to a three-year, $37 Million contract.
The deal is currently pending a physical, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
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Trumbo lead the American League with 47 home runs last season, which prompted the Orioles to give him a qualifying offer. After spending a good portion of the offseason trying to get more money from the Orioles, both sides came to an agreement.
The Trumbo deal now paves way for the rest of the market, meaning another team might give players such as Chris Carter a contract with a smaller dollar amount. However, Trumbo was unable to command the money he wanted in the market. The same scenario happened to Edwin Encarnacion, who signed to a four-year contract with the Cleveland Indians worth $60 Million, and Jose Bautista, who ended up re-signing with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year deal.
The Orioles publicly expressed their distaste in the contract negotiations, even going as far as saying they’d take the draft pick over Trumbo last month. However, Trumbo’s .256 average with 105 RBI and .319 OBP was just too good to walk away from.