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.
The Indians and starter Trevor Bauer have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $3.55 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Bauer, 25, was eligible for arbitration in the first of four years. This past season, the right-hander compiled a 4.26 ERA with a 168/70 K/BB ratio across 190 innings spanning 28 starts and seven relief appearances. Bauer began the year in the bullpen but moved to the rotation in late April.
Though Bauer had a lackluster postseason performance, yielding eight runs in 13 2/3 innings, he’s poised to pitch out of the back of the Indians’ rotation to begin the upcoming season.
The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $2.8 million salary for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Adams, 28, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The slugger was limited to 327 plate appearances during this past season due to back, shoulder, and wrist injuries. Heading into a new season, however, Adams has reportedly lost 25 pounds.
With Matt Carpenter shifting over to first base, Adams is currently looking at a backup role with the Cardinals. It would not be surprising to see the club pursue trading him before the regular season begins.