Colorado Rockies Rumors: Mark Trumbo Interest “Bustling”
The Colorado Rockies are looking to make a splash in the offseason by filling holes at first base and the bullpen. Mark Trumbo, one of the names that we discussed in this article on the best options for the Rockies at first base, seems to be gathering a lot of interest.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweeted on Monday morning that the market for Trumbo “is bustling” as you can see below…
As he also states in the tweet, that means that Trumbo is likely to turn down the qualifying offer from his 2016 team, the Baltimore Orioles. The Baltimore Sun has reported that the Orioles have offered Trumbo a one-year, $17.2 million contract for the 2017 season.
If Trumbo turns down the qualifying offer as expected, that means that many teams, including the Rockies, could be bidding for his services. After hitting a Major League Baseball-high 47 homers last season, it’s no wonder why interest in Trumbo is “bustling.”
However, as discussed in this article, there are some red flags against the Rockies signing Trumbo. Additionally, it’s projected that Trumbo would garner a big, long-term contract. FanGraphs is saying that number could be four years and $66 million.
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Will the Rockies be willing to sign a 30-year-old power hitter who had a career year last season to a long-term contract? We know the Rockies have had interest in Trumbo before so it’s very possible. However, there are other options out on the market that might not require as long of a contract or as much money, including Matt Holliday and Mike Napoli.
Why would Holliday be a good fit? We talked about it here. What would Napoil bring to the Rockies, both on and off the field? We talked about it here.
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On the surface, looking at one season, Trumbo would be great to have at Coors Field. However, it will take quite an investment. We know Colorado management has talked about opening up the checkbook for this team to make a run in 2017. Trumbo’s numbers and expectations will make the Rockies do just that if they truly want to sign him.