Update: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says major interest could drive up the demand for Trumbo.
After the Diamondbacks signed Yasmany Tomas to the largest contract in franchise history, many in the industry speculated that Mark Trumbo could be expendable in talks for a starting pitcher, or a left-handed bat.
General Manager Dave Stewart shot those rumors down quickly saying that he had no intentions of trading his power hitting outfielder. After all a Paul Goldschmidt-Trumbo-Tomas middle of the order would be powerful.
However, despite this, the Diamondbacks have a crowded outfield, and unless they go with a platoon system or certain guys show positional flexibility, then an outfielder needs to be traded.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Trumbo is defiantly in play at this week’s Winter Meetings, and that he was a part of a three team trade that didn’t come to fruition.
Trumbo only played in 88 games last season thanks to injury issues. He hit .235 with 14 HR and 61 RBI. He is owed a raise in his second year of arbitration, and if Tomas can’t play third. the Dbacks are going to have a corner-outfield logjam.
If the team is looking to cut payroll even further to fill other needs, then trading Trumbo might make sense. The team would trade for a position of need from a position of depth. If it’s not Trumbo, then it’s probably going to be David Peralta or Ender Inciarte.
The Padres despite being close to acquiring Matt Kemp have had talks about Trumbo. The Dbacks could try to land Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross. Cashner isn’t a free agent till 2017, and Ross till 2018, and there young which is what Stewart wants. Both could pitchman the top of the rotation.
Cashner finished with a 2.55 era, and Ross finished with a 2.81 era. I think the Padres and Diamondbacks are perfect trade partners.
If the Padres sign Kemp, then the Orioles and Mariners could be interested in Trumbo. Both of those teams have controllable pitchers that the Dbacks could target.
Stewart continues to deny it, but Trumbo has value on the market, and if the Snakes get the right offer, they might have to pull the trigger.
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