Mark Trumbo is back in Baltimore. He's re-signing with the Orioles for three years and $37.5 million, which is more than reasonable -- and much less than he was anticipated to receive when he hit free agency after rejecting the Orioles' qualifying offer.
Trumbo was pegged to land a contract of at least four years and somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 to $60 million. That market never materialized, and the Orioles didn't bid against themselves. Trumbo's deal with the Orioles includes some deferred money because of course it does, but that has little effect on what seems like a solid signing.
Did you want the Orioles to sign a quality, full-time outfielder? Would you have been fine with signing Chris Carter for the DH spot and using that money to beef up the rotation? Will this signing leave enough money or roster space for the O's to add a speedy, defensive outfielder type, like Michael Bourn? Those are legitimate concerns. But the Orioles went with the power hitter who they are familiar with, and they didn't have to pay a ridiculous price. In fact, the O's may be looking at a relative bargain.
Anyway, who's ready for more Trumbombs? Enjoy this YouTube highlight reel below of all 47 of Trumbo's 2016 taters.