Mark Trumbo, Orioles avoid arbitration for $9.15 million

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Baltimore knew Mark Trumbo would command a big salary when they acquired him from Seattle and now the Orioles have signed the first baseman/outfielder to a one-year, $9.15 million deal to avoid arbitration.

Trumbo didn’t cost much to acquire because he was a quasi-salary dump, as the Mariners didn’t feel like paying him $9 million for 2016. In their search for power the Orioles felt he was worth that salary following a season in which Trumbo hit .262 with 22 homers and a .759 OPS in 142 games.

Entering his final season prior to free agency, the 30-year-old Trumbo is penciled in at first base but could end up shifting elsewhere depending on whether the Orioles re-sign Chris Davis.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).