Mark Trumbo was brought in by the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2013 to a help an offense that was struggling with power. However in 2015, Trumbo is viewed as an obvious trade candidate for the D-Backs, who according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports could be looking to fix their starting pitching,
In his weekly notes column, Rosenthal points out that with Jake Lamb coming back and Yasmany Tomas moving to the outfield when that happens, Trumbo is a man without a home.
The 29-year-old is under team control through next season, and will be eligible for free agency in 2017. It may be difficult to trade Trumbo with his recent history and salary obligations, but he's proving this season that his power is not gone.
In his column Rosenthal talked to D-Backs general manager Dave Stewart about a Trumbo trade.
"With all of our players, if you overwhelm me with something, I’ve got to listen. I guess most people would say the trade deadline is where we’ll find the best value. But at this moment, Mark Trumbo is my guy. He gives us something in our lineup that none of our other guys do other than Goldschmidt – a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. (David) Peralta does when he plays. But right now, our main home run threats are Goldschmidt and Trumbo."
Trumbo has been a huge threat in their lineup, and has a .254 ISO, along with a wOBA of .355. In 44 games this season he has nine home runs, whereas he hit just 14 home runs in 88 games during the 2014 campaign.
The D-Backs have a glut of starting pitching prospects to go along with Patrick Corbin, who is pegged to return from Tommy John surgery later this month. They would like to add a true number one, and they have a power hitter that could at least get those talks started. A lot can change between now and July 31st though, and Trumbo's name is sure to brought up as we get closer to the trade deadline.