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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.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.