Mark Trumbo’s surprising rookie season has come to an unfortunate end.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Trumbo will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. He has actually played with the injury for about a month and a half, but the fracture was found when he underwent tests earlier today.
The good news is that Trumbo will not need surgery on the foot, but he will likely wear a walking boot and will be kept away from any strenuous activity for six weeks.
“Of course, I’m disappointed, but it’s one of those things,” said Trumbo, who arrived in Angel Stadium on Monday as his teammates were heading to the field for batting practice. “It got a little better with activity, but every game it flared up, and there would be a dull throb the rest of the game.”
Trumbo took over as the primary first baseman when Kendrys Morales failed to make it back a broken left ankle this spring. The 25-year-old emerged as a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate in the process, batting .254/.291/.477 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI and a .768 OPS over 573 plate appearances. He leads the Angels and all major league rookies in home runs and RBI.
With Morales expected to return next season, the Angels were discussing the possibility of sending Trumbo to winter ball so that he could see some time at third base and in the outfield. It seems plans for a potential position change will have to wait until spring training.
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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. It’s a five-year deal worth around $110 million, per Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
This should have a domino effect on a loaded starting pitching market. David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, and Jeff Samardzija are just a few of the names still out there.
Zimmermann, 29, posted a 3.66 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 164/39 K/BB ratio in 201 2/3 innings this past season for the Nationals. He had a 2.66 ERA in 2014 and threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season.
Zimmermann’s free agency is tied to draft pick compensation because he rejected a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from Washington, but the Tigers finished with one of the 10-worst win-loss records in 2015 so their first-round pick in 2016 is protected. Detroit will give up its second-round pick instead.
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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers are in discussions with free agent starter Jordan Zimmermann. His sources have told him that the talks have become “serious”.
Zimmermann, 29, has a career 3.32 ERA across parts of seven seasons in the majors. He finished fifth in National League Cy Young Award balloting in 2014, finishing with a 2.66 ERA and a 182/29 K/BB ratio over 199 2/3 innings.
Among starters who have amassed at least 1,000 innings since 2009, only Cliff Lee, Dan Haren, Madison Bumgarner, and Zack Greinke have compiled a better strikeout-to-walk ratio than Zimmermann’s 4.09. While he doesn’t have the star power of other free agents such as Greinke or David Price, the Tigers would certainly improve their rotation by bringing him on board.
Having already added Jesse Chavez and J.A. Happ to the mix and re-signing Marco Estrada early in the offseason, Blue Jays interim GM Tony LaCava said the team will continue to pursue pitching upgrades, as Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. Nicholson-Smith added that LaCava declined to comment on free agent ace David Price. It is believed that the Jays will not pursue Price and other big-name free agent starting pitchers given their November activity.
The Jays re-signed Estrada to a two-year, $26 million deal on November 13, acquired Chavez from the Athletics in exchange for reliever Liam Hendriks on November 20 and signed Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal on Friday.
Nicholson-Smith notes in a column on Sportsnet that the Jays need to address the bullpen in particular. That is especially true after swapping Hendriks, who had a career-best 2.92 ERA out of the Jays’ bullpen in 2015, for a back-end starting pitcher.