A reunion between the Orioles and free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo is “becoming less likely,” according to a report from MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko. The sides have not renewed talks since Baltimore pulled its original offer off the table.
Though Trumbo’s market appeared deep during last month’s winter meetings, things have been quiet over the past few weeks. The Rockies, Athletics, Rangers and Mariners have all been linked at different points, though many believe the Orioles held the pole position throughout most of December.
Baltimore reportedly made an offer in the four-year, $50 million range in early December, but decided to pull it off the table due to Trumbo failing to accept it. The O’s then went out and acquired Seth Smith in a trade with the Mariners last week, lessening the need for a reunion with Trumbo.
Trumbo remains one of many solid bats available on the free-agent market, along with Jose Bautista, Brandon Moss, Mike Napoli and Michael Saunders.