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The A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo

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Jon Heyman reports that the Athletics have reached out to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

As we noted the other day when we wrote up the Top 10 Free Agents Still on the Market post, the Athletics actually made a strong offer to Edwin Encarnacion before he signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Indians. Reportedly a stronger offer than the Indians did, in fact. As such, it should not be super shocking to hear that they’re interested in Trumbo.

The A’s are pretty far from contention, so the net effect of signing Trumbo wouldn’t seem to be all that notable. Maybe it’s one of those deals where, if GM David Forst doesn’t spend all of the money he’s been budgeted for 2017 his budget will be cut for 2018. Or maybe it’s a “Brewster’s Millions” situation. That happens, right? There’s baseball in that movie too, so Forst totally could’ve seen it.

Anyway, Trumbo will hit homers wherever he goes. He hit 47 of them last year for Pete’s sake. He only got on base at a .316 clip, however, and is a defensive liability. He’s fun to watch hit taters, though.

Mets sign Vance Worley and Scott Copeland

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The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.

Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.

Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.

Viva organizational depth.