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Report: Athletics Interested in Free Agent Mark Trumbo

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The Oakland Athletics have expressed interest in free agent power-hitter Mark Trumbo after losing out on Edwin Encarnacion, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman notes that Trumbo’s 2016 team, the Baltimore Orioles are also still in on Trumbo, while the Colorado Rockies are monitoring Trumbo’s situation after signing Ian Desmond earlier this winter.

It is currently unknown how much interest the Athletics have in the 30-year-old Trumbo, will turn 31 in 12 days, but it’s important to watch them in the Trumbo sweepstakes after falling just $10 million short on Encanarcion after they offered him a two-year, $50 million deal and the Indians offered him a three-year, $60 million contract.

Trumbo, who was born in Anaheim, California, will see time at the corner outfield spots, first base, or at designated hitter assuming the two sides reach an agreement. Trumbo would fit nicely in Oakland’s lineup nicely alongside another power hitter in Khris Davis, who belted 42 homers last season.

The Oakland Athletics are reportedly interested in free agent slugger Mark Trumbo. (Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

The Oakland Athletics are reportedly interested in free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.
(Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports)

Oakland finished with one of the ten worst regular season records in 2016 at 69-93, meaning that signing Trumbo would not make them obligated to surrender their first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft after Trumbo rejected the Orioles qualifying offer in November.

So far this season, the Athletics have signed Matt Joyce and brought back Rajai Davis, who was with the team for three years between 2007-2010. Oakland also has some nice pieces to build with going forward in Sonny Gray, Marcus Semien, and Ryon Healy.

Overall in 2016, Trumbo batted .256/.316/.533 with 47 homers and 108 RBIs. Those 47 homers lead all of Major League Baseball.

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