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Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles’ qualifying offer

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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run in the eighth inning during a baseball game against the against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won 2-1. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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1B/OF Mark Trumbo has rejected the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, Dan Connolly of reports. As a result, the Orioles will receive draft pick compensation if Trumbo signs with a new team.

This news comes as no surprise, as Trumbo is coming off of a terrific season and figures to strike a big deal in a weak free agent market. The slugger mashed a major-league best 47 homers this past season, knocking in 108 runs and compiling a .256/.316/.533 triple-slash line in 667 plate appearances.

Our own Matthew Pouliot ranked Trumbo ninth among all free agents in his compilation posted earlier this month.

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