The Athletics have expressed interest in free-agent slugger Mark Trumbo, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Oakland was not expected to pursue big-name offensive players on this year’s free-agent market, but made a surprising late push for Edwin Encarnacion and finished as the runners-up to the Indians. Many solid bats are available on the free-agent market and could be had at bargain prices at this late stage of the winter.
Oakland has already made two outfield additions in free agency, signing Matt Joyce and Rajai Davis so far this offseason. The A’s currently project to have Yonder Alonso and Mike Canha sharing time at first base, and also could use an upgrade at designated hitter.
Trumbo’s market has quieted significantly since the Winter Meetings last month, though he has been linked to the Orioles, Rockies and Rangers at different points this winter. Baltimore is said to have pulled their initial offer off the table, but could circle back in a way similar to how the team re-signed Chris Davis last winter.