SARASOTA, Fla. – In most years, the acquisition of a hitter who slammed 96 home runs in three seasons would have been big news for the Orioles.
But, this isn’t one of those years.
When Mark Trumbo was acquired from the Seattle Mariners, it was regarded by many as insurance in case Chris Davis walked away. He didn’t, and Trumbo is now part of a very strong lineup that includes Adam Jones and Manny Machado, too.
"I guess any time you have a lineup that stretches that deep, it creates real headaches for opposing pitchers," said Trumbo.
"I've talked to a few guys around the game, especially a few guys who play in the AL East, and I think already they say this team already is one of the toughest, if not the toughest to face.”
"And then you see some more pieces come into play and it just becomes that much more difficult...especially the power component. It's one thing to be good hitters. It's another to have a constant threat to put balls in the seats up and down your lineup. You really have to tiptoe facing a team as deep as this one,” Trumbo said.
For now, Trumbo, who hit those 96 homers with the Los Angeles Angels from 2011-13, will be the designated hitter though he has more experience at first base, right and left field.
Trumbo’s addition was the second big Orioles move of the offseason. He arrived after Matt Wieters decided to accept the Orioles $15.8 million qualifying offer and before Davis and Darren O’Day returned as free agents.
Since his arrival in camp, he’s heard the news about the team adding Yovani Gallardo.
“It looks awesome. The addition of Yovani is huge. I faced him quite a bit the last couple of years and know first-hand how good he is and what he brings to the table. I think me and everyone else in here are probably extremely excited to have somebody like that on board,” Trumbo said.
He was with the Angels when they signed Albert Pujols to a mammoth deal and played with the Mariners, who two years ago signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year contract.
“From a personal standpoint, I’m excited to be part of something that seems to be going in the right direction. Not that this team wasn’t already a quality team, but it seems like when you see a lot of moves happening and a lot of pieces come into play, it shows a lot of commitment from ownership and management that everyone’s on board to win and win now,” Trumbo said.