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AL East: Trumbo free agent watch, Yankees sought Panik

The latest from around the American League East.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo will be one of the more intriguing free agents to watch this off-season, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Trumbo hasn’t proven he can serve as a consistent outfield option defensively, but he continues to exhibit his power routinely. He could receive a deal comparable to the one Jason Heyward received from the Cubs, though Heyward is known for his defense.

Trumbo, 30, is batting .247/.309/.521 with 44 home runs and 103 RBIs over 151 games with Baltimore this season. Some teams might view Trumbo as a designated hitter starting in 2017.

More from around the American League East:

  • San Francisco was interested in adding Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman this summer, but when the Yankees requested Joe Panik, talks stalled.

  • At one point this season, Red Sox fans wanted John Farrell fired. Now, that doesn’t seem to quite be the case.

  • Baltimore blew its opportunity to win the division, and its Wild Card edge is slowly disappearing.

  • Brett Cecil has pitched well of late and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Blue Jays.

  • The Rays are planning to honor David Ortiz, but the ceremony might not be recognized in a positive light by all Tampa Bay fans.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Red Sox 90-64 —GB

Blue Jays 85-69 5.0 GB

Orioles 83-71 7.0 GB

Yankees 79-75 11.0 GB

Rays 65-88 24.5 GB