A night before the deadline to tender contracts for arbitration eligible players, the Orioles were set to reel in outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Seattle Mariners. In exchange, the Orioles are sending catcher Steve Clevenger to the Mariners. There are also reports that a second player may be heading to the Orioles.
The deal is pending medical reviews.
Trumbo, who earned $6.9 million in 2015, would be due a hefty raise after hitting .262 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs with Arizona and Seattle.
He will turn 30 in January, and from 2011-13, averaged more than 30 homers and 95 RBIs with the Los Angeles Angels.
Trumbo was traded by the Angels to the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade with the Chicago White Sox in Dec. 2013.
In June, Arizona traded him to the Mariners.
Trumbo is appealing to the Orioles because of his power numbers and his ability to play first, left and right field, all potential areas of need. He can also be the designated hitter.
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This doesn’t rule out a return by Chris Davis, but ensures there will be at least one power hitter to replace him if he leaves.
Trumbo does strike out a lot. Last year, he struck out 132 times in 142 games. His lifetime on-base percentage is .300.
Clevenger, a Baltimore native, who came to the Orioles from the Chicago Cubs in July 2013 along with Scott Feldman for Jake Arrieta, batted .287 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 30 games.
With Matt Wieters’ return, Clevenger was expected to catch sparingly, but fill in at first and DH.
News of the deal was first reported by CBSsports.com and the Tacoma News Tribune.