According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, sources have told him the Oakland Athletics have reached out to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo on Wednesday.
After missing out on Edwin Encarnacion, the A’s are said to now be turning their attention to last season’s MLB home run leader. Trumbo, a Southern California native, would be a major boost to the power seeking lineup in Oakland coming off a season in which he hit a career high and MLB leading 47 home runs with the Orioles. Trumbo also set a career high with 108 RBI’s and hit to an average of .256 in 613 at-bats last season.
Trumbo could step in right away and fill a huge hole at first base for the Athletics. Last season Oakland first basemen ranked dead last amongst all MLB team in home runs with only 11. Trumbo could provide a tremendous upgrade right away, especially in the power department.
The Orioles have maintained interest in the slugger despite pulling their offer of around $50 million off the table. The Colorado Rockies are also seen as a team that has been keeping an eye on Trumbo’s situation. With Trumbo’s market so depressed at the moment, the A’s seem to have an opportunity to jump in and sign the slugger on their terms.