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Orioles set to reel in power hitting Trumbo

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Orioles set to reel in power hitting Trumbo

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.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.