Will Mark Trumbo become Nelson Cruz 2.0?
We all know the success Nellie Cruz had in an Orioles uniform back in 2014, and we were saddened to see him go. It's safe to say Cruz helped orchestrate one of the best seasons in team history, en route to the ALCS. Is Mark Trumbo destined to follow in the same footprints? When you think of Mark Trumbo, the first thing you have to think of is, "what a steal".
On December 2, 2015, Trumbo was traded, with LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to the Orioles for catcher, Steve Clevenger. This trade further establishes the fact that the Mariners enjoy making bad trades with us. Bad, of course, on their part. Mark Trumbo was asked in Spring Training, "What do you see for this team this year?" Trumbo replied immediately with, "I see big things", and he has contributed in a big way in his first 62 games as an Oriole. Through the seasons first 11 weeks, Trumbo is currently leading the majors with 20 home runs, and has a slash line of .286/.337/.584.
Comparing to Cruz
In 2014, Nelson Cruz led the Orioles in HR's (40), RBI's (108), Doubles (32), and Slugging % (.525). Over his first 62 games with the club that season, Cruz had a .300/.374/.631 slash line, with 21 HR's, and 55 RBI's. Trumbo is inches away from those exact same numbers, and is not showing any sign of slowing down.
With the notes above, and given only a one year deal with the Orioles for $9.15M, is it fate to see the Orioles and Trumbo connect for only 2016? There are reasons to believe that we won't be able to re-sign Trumbo and his big stick.
Adam Jones is set to make $16.33M in 2017, and $17.33M in 2018, prior to becoming a free agent in 2019. Manny Machado is Arbitration eligible in 2017, and again in 2018, before he becomes a free agent in 2019. If you search Twitter, or Facebook for Manny Machado, you can't see two posts in a row without mentioning how the Orioles need to pay Manny right now.
Future events including the huge contract that Machado is going to be owed, the re-signing of Adam Jones, ensuring Brad Brach doesn't get away, making Matt Wieters career last longer in Baltimore, and locking up Chris Tillman for a few more years, one has to believe that Trumbo may not fit into the Orioles equation for another year, with Chris Davis as the teams power hitter for years to come.
Enjoy The Ride
No matter what happens at the end of the season with Trumbo, Orioles fans realistically only have one option, and that's going to be the option we have to live with. We as fans, either pay our cable bill to continue to watch MASN, or pay ticket prices to watch him smash the ball around Camden Yards. We don't make the decisions, Dan Duquette and the front office staff make those calls.
For all of the couch managers though, I want to know what you would do to keep Mark Trumbo. Do you re-sign him after this season, by offering him 2, 3, or 4 years, at $12, $15, or $18M a year, or do you let him walk, only to sign a 4/$56M contract with a team like the Royals, or Twins?
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