There’s been quite a bit of back and forth between Mark Trumbo and the Orioles this month, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the team’s best offer is on the table. Previous reports indicate that it’s the same four-year, $52-55 million deal the Orioles tried to push several weeks ago, which fell short of the $75-80 million Trumbo’s team was said to be seeking.
Trumbo doesn’t appear to have made his final decision just yet, but it’s not for lack of interest. The veteran slugger batted a cool .256/.316/.533 during 2016, contributing a league- and career-best 47 home runs in his first season with Baltimore. The Mariners, Rockies and Indians are among those reportedly in talks with the 30-year-old, though no competing offers have been publicized so far this offseason.
The Orioles have options, too, and Kubatko suggests that the club could make an effort to re-sign Pedro Alvarez or stash Trey Mancini in the DH spot if they can’t reach an agreement with Trumbo. According to a quote from Alvarez’s agent, Scott Boras, the 29-year-old is using the offseason to expand his “defensive resume,” with the intention of sharpening his skills at first base and in the outfield as he tries to net a contract before the 2017 season begins. He split his time between DH and third base with the Orioles in 2016, producing a .249/.322/.504 line and 22 homers in 376 PA.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline.
The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in a way that could help a contender. He is owed $56 million over the next two seasons, however, and has a $22 million option that could vest for 2020, so negotiations for him could be tough. If the Tigers want talent back, they’ll have to eat salary.
Verlander got an ovation from a Detroit crowd last night which seemed to sense that, yes, it’s possible he pitched his last game for the Tigers. Given that he has 10/5 rights, allowing him to veto any trade, that decision is ultimately up to him. It’s not hard to imagine him accepting a trade to a contender, however.
We wait see.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.