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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.

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.