I am just going to say it. The A’s were horrible in 2016. They had a 69-93 record and made baseball flat-out hard to watch for A’s fans in 2016 (not that I am one). They are now looking for a second right-handed power bat for 2017 and have gone to the Orioles seeking the 2016 home run leader in the MLB, Mark Trumbo.
In 2016, the Oakland A’s as a team were 21st in the MLB and 12th in the American League last year for home runs with only 169 (42 of them were from underrated DH Kris Davis). They also finished 28th in baseball in runs scored. So basically the A’s need to find some power besides Davis. They made a 3 year, $50 million offer to Edwin Encarnacion who signed with the Indians for a 3 year, $60 million contract. This makes them especially desperate to sign Trumbo.
Trumbo had a bounce back season in 2016 with 47 home runs and 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. Trumbo also received a Silver Slugger and was voted into his second career All-Star Game. Trumbo also hit .256/.316/.533 with a .850 OPS and 327 total bases. This means that after his breakout year he will not be cheap for the A’s.
Trumbo would definitely help the A’s at first/and or right field. The question is will they sign him. The A’s, as everyone knows, don’t have a ton of money to be throwing around like the Dodgers or the Yankees do. The A’s are the 27th highest payroll in the MLB. They also should be wise and not give up too much money/and or prospects just because Trumbo had a breakout year.
Trumbo would overall be a good fit for the A’s, there are only two problems the A’s are up against. First, Trumbo might not want to play in the home run suppressing Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. And second, every time another power hitter gets signed this offseason, Trumbo’s value is going to go up. So the Oakland A’s better move fast before his value gets too high for their low payroll. They can not afford to wait until the last minute then just throw out a 3 year, $60 million contract like other higher payroll teams can very easily do.