Early in 2015, Mark Trumbo delivered the power that Fantasy owners had expected from him when he was dealt to the Diamondbacks the year before, but his stay in Arizona was not destined to be long. Trumbo was dealt in early June to the Mariners, where he lacked a steady position and saw his power numbers dwindle (13 home runs and 13 doubles in 334 at-bats). This offseason, he was traded yet again, this time to the Orioles, where he could settle in as the team's first baseman or designated hitter. With a venue more amenable to his power skills, Trumbo is worth a try in the later rounds of standard mixed league drafts.
Trumbo and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $9.15 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Dec. 1, Trumbo is expected to serve as the Orioles' starting first baseman. He'll go from an extreme pitcher's park to a batter's park, but he did spend about one-third of last season with the Diamondbacks, who play in a stadium (Chase Field) that's arguably more hitter-friendly than Camden Yards.
Trumbo was traded to the Orioles from the Mariners on Tuesday in exchange for Steve Clevenger, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. A lot can happen before Opening Day, but right now Trumbo's fantasy stock appears to be trending way up. He goes from a terrible hitting environment to a hitter's paradise in Baltimore, and his playing time now looks a lot more stable. Trumbo hit 22 home runs with a .262/.310/.449 slash line in 545 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks and Mariners last season. Assuming the Orioles don't bring back Chris Davis, Trumbo should hit in the middle of the lineup, playing almost every day at either first base or designated hitter, making 30 home runs a legitimate possibility.
Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The 29-year-old Trumbo has gone just 1 for 12 in his career against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, Tuesday's starter for Kansas City. Meanwhile, Jesus Montero has gone 3 for 4 with a homer against Guthrie, so while they're both small samples, it makes sense manager Lloyd McClendon has opted to go with Montero at first base.
Mariners first baseman Mark Trumbo did his best to give his club a win on Monday, as he went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs. It wasn't enough however, as the Mariners lost to the Astros by the score of 8-3. Trumbo blasted a solo shot in the second inning to tie the game a 1-1. He then added a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Those were the only runs the Mariners would muster up however. The pair of big flies give Trumbo a total of 19 on the season. It was just his second multi-homer game of the season, and his first since May 12 when he was with the Diamondbacks.
Mariners slugger Mark Trumbo was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the White Sox due to a sore left knee. Trumbo is expected to be reevaluated on Sunday before any decisions on his availability are made.
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