It’s natural for Orioles fans to think that the acquisition of Mark Trumbo on Wednesday from the Seattle Mariners is insurance in case that Chris Davis takes another lucrative offer elsewhere.
Dan Duquette isn’t sure if Davis will be back, but he certainly likes his new power hitter.
“This isn’t the last move the team is going to make to put our team together for 2016. I can’t tell you who we’re going to sign in the future,” Duquette said in a conference call.
The Orioles acquired both Trumbo and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser from the Mariners in exchange for catcher Steve Clevenger.
“The addition of a proven major league hitter like Mark Trumbo today lengthens our lineup, and it gives us another hitter in the lineup who can hit both left-handed and right-handed pitching and in Mark’s case, he can hit the ball out of our ballpark. I think he’s going to be helped by our right-center field in particular.”
Trumbo, who will be playing for his fourth team since 2013, is happy to play in the East for the first time.
“I’m extremely excited to be headed to a new location and a team that I had a lot of respect playing against. I always thought very highly of the way the Orioles compete on both sides of the ball,” Trumbo said.
Trumbo was traded by the Mariners to create roster flexibility. He could earn $9 million in arbitration next season.
“I was aware that I was in the position that this might well happen. I didn’t have a whole lot of lead up to it. It happened rather quickly,” Trumbo said
“There were a few teams that were mentioned before, but to be honest, the Orioles weren’t one that I had heard at all.”
He isn’t familiar with many of the players except for Darren O’Day, with whom he played on the Los Angeles Angels.
“I’ll have all spring training to get to know these guys, to get to know the system,” Trumbo said. “I’ll have more than enough time to get acclimated.”
Trumbo isn’t concerned about playing in the East for the first time.
“At the end of the day, it’s still the same game that I played. The location may change a bit,” Trumbo said.
“This will feel right at home in no time.”
Trumbo plays a number of positions, and that’s one of the reasons that made him attractive to the Orioles.
“Mark can play in the outfield. He can also play first base. He’s also not unfamiliar with playing DH. Just looking at his defensive capabilities, it looks like his best position is first base.”
“His presence and his proven RBI and power capability are going to add a lot to our ballclub, and we’re going to continue to shape the lineup and our ballclub throughout the offseason,” Duquette said.
He also likes his new left-handed reliever.
“Riefenhauser is a solid left-handed relief pitching prospect who will add depth to our bullpen and should contribute to the club in 2016,” Duquette said.
Trumbo has admired manager Buck Showalter and the rest of the team from afar, and now for at least 2016, he’s an Oriole.
“It seems like Buck gets the most out of the guys and when you go against them, they’re going to bring it,” Trumbo said.
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