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.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.