Texas Rangers Rumors: Mark Trumbo Could Be Coming To Texas
In 2016, Right-fielder Mark Trumbo had his best season. He spent the 2016 season as a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization and he is currently a free agent. Multiple teams would like to sign Trumbo, including the Texas Rangers.
Texas is in need of a right-handed batter. Trumbo, 30, registered 157 hits, 108 RBIs, and blasted 47 homers last season, which are career-highs. He led the American League in homers. He’d be a perfect fit for the Texas Rangers organization.
If he does sign with Texas, he’ll probably play first base and serve as the team’s designated hitter. Trumbo’s primary position is right field. Shin-Soo Choo is currently the Rangers’ starting right-fielder, so there’s an alternative option for Trumbo. If Choo gets hurt, Trumbo is likely to fill in at right field.
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Rumor has it that Mitch Moreland is reportedly close to signing with the Boston Red Sox. If Moreland does leave, the Rangers will need to fill in the first base spot. Moreland’s possible departure may be a reason that Texas is after Trumbo.
MLB Trade Rumors’ Steve Adams, Trumbo was offered between $52-55 million over four years by the Orioles and he doesn’t want it. Trumbo’s asking price is in the range of $75-80 million. It is unsure if the Orioles will decide to move on from Trumbo or continue negotiations.
Rumor has it that free agent Edwin Encarnacion is a possible fit for the Texas Rangers.
Encarnacion reportedly rejected a four-year $80 million offer by the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Jeff Wilson has five reasons to why Texas should not pursue Encarnacion. One of the reasons is that Texas should not have a roster with a majority of the players in their 30’s and that the team needs a team of young talent. For the past five years, Encarnacion has been one of the best hitters in baseball, but Wilson says Texas has to give up a first-round draft pick for Encarnacion to sign with Texas, and surrendering a first-round pick would, in Wilson’s opinion, “put a dent,” in the Rangers farm system.