The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2012 Major League Baseball season as one of the major surprises and heading into the offseason, there was new life injected into the franchise, along with the expectation that Baltimore would be a free agent’s desired landing spot for the first time in years.
That’s why the critics are coming out of the woodwork, as the Orioles have currently made minimal moves to improve its club, with the resigning of Nate McLouth being the only one deserving of a headline, albeit a minor one at that.
Dan Duquette has indicated that the Orioles will not give its players away in deals, and clearly, that does make sense. Duquette also mentioned that the O’s are seeking a middle of the order bat, plus a veteran starter to anchor its rotation.
One name to hit the rumor mill was Mark Trumbo, the power hitting first baseman for the Angels. Trumbo had potentially become available after the Angels made a big splash by signing Josh Hamilton.
Last week, Trumbo and others emerged as trade candidates after the Hamilton signing.
The Angels never indicated that they would even be willing to deal Trumbo, and the likelihood of a deal was potentially squashed when Kendrys Morales was recently dealt to the Mariners, in exchange for Jason Vargas.
News flash: This deal wouldn’t make any sense for the Orioles, anyway.
Sure, Trumbo launches moon balls, similar to the ones that Chris Davis already sends out of Camden Yards. But dive in further and check Trumbo’s statistics, and you will notice why he’s not a fit.
The 26-year-old Trumbo would cost some major trade pieces to acquire, and his numbers are not much different than Mark Reynolds, who the Orioles had at first base last season. Here are some key numbers:
Mark Trumbo (2012): 144 games, 586 AB’s, 32 HR, 95 RBI, .268 BA, .317 OBP and 153 K’s
Mark Reynolds (2012): 135 games, 457 AB’s, 23 HR, 69 RBI, .221 BA, .335 OBP and 159 K’s
Trumbo is just two years younger and while he hit more home runs and had an average forty points higher, Reynolds played stellar defense at first base, had a better on base percentage and had a similar strike out total.
The key stats that the Orioles are looking for – and rightfully so – are to acquire players that not only hit for power, but also have a high on base percentage, while not striking out too frequently.
For the price that Trumbo costs, the numbers just do not differ enough from that of Reynolds.
Thanks to the Seattle Mariners – and the possibility that the Angels may not have dealt him away anyway – it certainly appears that the Orioles won’t have to be put in the position to even consider dealing for him.
By Spring Training, the Baltimore Orioles should make a few key moves to try and build on last season’s success. The return of players from injury (e.g. Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold and Brian Roberts) should help, but there are still a few pieces needed to keep pace with the ever-changing AL East.