Orioles in serious talks in Trumbo trade, reportedly involving Clevenger
The Orioles and Mariners were in serious trade talks on Tuesday, as multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com, that Baltimore was making a strong push to acquire outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo before Wednesday’s non-tender deadline. The deal reportedly would involve catcher Steve Clevenger, though nothing was official as both sides continued to negotiate Tuesday night.
Trumbo was on the O’s radar in 2012 and he would be a nice upgrade in Baltimore’s outfield alongside All-Star centerfielder Adam Jones. The acquisition could also change the O’s pursuit of first baseman/outfielder Chris Davis, considered one of the top free agents this winter.
While it’s been fairly clear in the days leading up to the deadline that the Mariners wish to move Trumbo —they nearly dealt him to the Rockies on Monday— some in the Orioles organization were still confident the outfielder would not be non-tendered. Trumbo is projected to make nearly $9 million in 2016.
Baltimore native Clevenger is not arbitration eligible and would make much less than that, a potential holdup that could cause both sides to re-evaluate the structure of a deal. Should it get done, it would make sense from the Orioles end as Clevenger —with Matt Wieters accepting a qualifying offer— was third on the team’s depth chart behind Caleb Joseph.
CBSports.com was the first to report the O’s interest in Trumbo, while the Tacoma News Tribune was the first to involve Clevenger.