The Rockies are showing interest in free agent outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo, reports MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, who adds that there will be further “clarity” on his market during next week’s winter meetings (Twitter link).
Trumbo spent the majority of 2016 as a right fielder with the Orioles, and the Rockies already have at least two starting-caliber corner options in Carlos Gonzalez and David Dahl. On the other hand, Colorado has a gaping hole at first base, with its 2016 contributors having combined for the majors’ fourth-lowest fWAR (minus-1.3). Three of those players – Mark Reynolds, Stephen Cardullo and Ben Paulsen – are now free agents, while penciled-in starter Gerardo Parra is normally an outfielder and is coming off a miserable season. After hitting an unsightly .253/.271/.399 with a paltry nine walks in 381 plate appearances, the Rockies would be hard-pressed to count on Parra as an everyday solution anywhere.
Unlike Parra, Trumbo thrived at times this past season. The former Angel, Diamondback and Mariner slashed .256/.316/.533 with a major league-best 47 home runs in 667 trips to the plate in his first (and only?) year with the O’s. Trumbo faded in the second half of the season, however, with a .214/.284/.470 line in 292 post-All-Star break PAs. His game also comes with baserunning and defensive limitations, but he’s certainly a better fit as an everyday first baseman than a regular outfielder, as he admitted to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com last winter.
While Trumbo’s power and offense-friendly Coors Field would likely serve as an enticing mix, Colorado would have to surrender quite a bit to secure the soon-to-be 31-year-old. With Trumbo having rejected a qualifying offer from the Orioles, it would cost the Rockies a first-round pick – the 11th overall selection in the 2017 draft – to sign him. Both that and his next contract (MLBTR projects a four-year, $60MM deal) would combine for a steep price for the Rockies, who are set to spend a franchise-record amount next season.