Mark Trumbo reinvented himself this season as one of the best power hitters in baseball. What would be his best landing spots as MLB free agency heats up?
Four years ago, Mark Trumbo was an upcoming power hitting outfielder who looked like a star. Trumbo hit 95 home runs in his first three years as a professional, which was seventh best in the league during that time.
The two years after, Trumbo seemed to lose his footing. He hit a combined 36 home runs, which isn’t bad, but wasn’t living up to his potential. Then, as we know, 2016 happened and Mark Trumbo slugged 47 home runs and knocked in 108 runs. Trumbo is now a free agent, being the most lucrative power hitting bat available. This all poses the question, who is the best fit for Mark Trumbo as MLB free agency heats up?
A lot of things factor into what team can reel in the best power hitting bat in the market. There is always factors such as money and success, that arguably are the two biggest requirements for every athlete. However, in some cases, personal reasons may override the desire to win now and can cause a deal that otherwise wouldn’t be present.
Trumbo certainly won’t be short of options, as a surplus of teams desperately need a middle of the lineup bat. His versatility also makes him all the more desirable. Although being a corner outfielder, Trumbo could easily move to first base and has even shown he can play a modest third base. American League teams are likely to be even more drawn in by the fact that he can DH down the line if need be.
Whichever team ends up landing Trumbo is hopeful that he can duplicate his numbers from 2016, and his performance wasn’t simply a “contract year performance”.