Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
Free agent first baseman Chris Carter has been linked to the Orioles and Rangers, per agent Dave Stewart’s comments to Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network. Stewart has discussed his client with at least four teams since the beginning of the year, with the Athletics being the only notable exception so far.
Carter, 30, set a few personal records in 2016, batting .222/.321/.499 with a career-high 41 home runs and 27 doubles in his first season with the Brewers. He was non-tendered by the team in November, and has struggled to find a landing spot with other power-hitting first basemen still on the market.
Neither the Orioles nor the Rangers have Carter pegged as their first choice, as Baltimore is reportedly pursuing Mark Trumbo and Texas has its eye on Mike Napoli. Should either of those deals fail to come to fruition in the next couple of months, however, Carter could be a viable candidate for either team. For now, Stewart says, he doesn’t anticipate a quick signing process for Carter in the week to come (via FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman).
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo recently asked the Orioles for a three-year, $50 million contract. However, he later told the team he would be willing to take a three year deal for slightly less money in the $40-50 million range.
Back in November, Trumbo was reportedly not interested a four-year deal in the $52-55 million range from the Orioles. Though Trumbo has drawn interest from a handful of teams, his market has not developed the way he hoped it would. Along with the Orioles, the Rockies, Rangers, Athletics, Cardinals, and Mariners were in some way interested throughout the offseason.
Trumbo, 30, led the majors with 47 home runs while batting .256/.316/.533 and knocking in 108 runs over 667 plate appearances. Aside from the homers, however, Trumbo doesn’t offer much in the way of value as he’s a poor defender and base runner, and doesn’t play at premium positions such as shortstop or center field. As a result, Trumbo was only worth 1.6 Wins Above Replacement last season, according to Baseball Reference. Comparatively, an average player would put up about 2.0 WAR.