The Oakland Athletics, who tried hard for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion, have reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo, sources tell FanRag Sports.
It isn’t known how much interest the A’s have in Trumbo, but their interest shouldn’t be discounted considering how close they came to luring Encarnacion. Oakland offered $50 million on a two-year guarantee to Encarnacion before he took a $60-million, three-year Indians deal, and it’s said that he seriously considered Oakland despite a strong predisposition to wanting to stay East.
Trumbo, a native of Southern California, has no such predisposition, and would fit nicely into an A’s lineup that needs power. The Orioles are believed to have maintained their interest in Trumbo after taking their original four-year offer off the table.
It isn’t known what Baltimore’s offer for Trumbo was, but it was believed to be for about $50 million, or slightly more. It isn’t known whether they are willing to give him that same offer again.
The Rockies are a team that’s said to have been monitoring the Trumbo situation, as well.
Trumbo hit 47 home runs and drove in 108 runs in 613 at-bats last season in Baltimore as the Orioles finished third in the AL East with a record of 89-73.