2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Mark Trumbo

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2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo
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In his first three full seasons as a major leaguer, Mark Trumbo has put up power numbers that would rival anyone's. He has hit 95 HRs and has 282 RBIs in that span. That is an average of almost 32 HRs and 94 RBIs per season. He has also been able to play all over the field in his three years. He was second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting as a first baseman in 2011. The Los Angeles Angels signed future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols to take over at first, so Trumbo played 97 games in the outfield, 21 at first and eight at third in 2012.

There were a lot of trade rumors swirling around Trumbo heading into the 2013 season after the Angels signed Josh Hamilton. However, they kept him on the roster and with an early injury to Pujols, he slid back to his natural position at first. He hit a career high 34 HRs and had his first 100-RBI season, but his batting average dropped to .234, which is a career-low.

Heading into 2014, Trumbo is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career. After acquiring David Freese from the St. Louis Cardinals and seeing production from young outfielders J.B. Shuck and Kole Calhoun, the Angels may find Trumbo to be more of a luxury than a necessity. They won’t be able to move the contracts of Pujols or Hamilton, and their only two other assets are Jered Weaver and Mike Trout, who are untouchable. If a team comes calling with a young pitcher or catcher, the Angels may find it difficult to turn down a deal for Trumbo.

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5. Colorado Rockies

Rockies
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The Colorado Rockies are finally out from the contract of Todd Helton. This leaves them a hole at first base and a chunk of money to spend. Imagine a 3-4-5 of Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Mark Trumbo. The Rockies have three good pitching prospects in Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler and Tyler Anderson. While Gray is probably off limits, Butler and Anderson should be enough to get Trumbo.

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4. Chicago Cubs

Cubs
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The Chicago Cubs have started building their team for the future already. Acquiring Trumbo would give them a potent bat that could allow the Cubs to keep Jorge Soler and Albert Almora in the Minors. They could probably swing a one-for-one trade by offering the Angels Jeff Samardzija.

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3. New York Yankees

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If the Yankees need to replace Alex Rodriguez or Robinson Cano in the lineup, Trumbo would be the perfect fit. Even though they already have Mark Teixeira at first base, Trumbo could play Right Field or DH. By signing Brian McCann to a long-term deal, the Yankees can now offer up catcher Gary Sanchez in return.

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2. Miami Marlins

Marlins
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The Miami Marlins have perhaps the most powerful player in all of baseball in Giancarlo Stanton. They have terrific young outfielders in Christian Yelich, Marcel Ozuna and Jake Marisnick. One area of concern for Miami is at first base. Logan Morrison has yet to put together a full season and only hit six home runs in 293 at-bats last season. The rumors are that the Angels would want Nate Eovaldi in return, and the Marlins are hesitant to trade their no. 2 pitcher away. The Marlins are rebuilding through their pitching, but if they feel Trumbo is the bat they need to get their offense going, a Trumbo for Eovaldi trade helps both teams.

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1. Seattle Mariners

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The Seattle Mariners have a lot going for them heading into next season. Mark Trumbo could play in the outfield, DH or be a first baseman for them and hit cleanup for the entire season. If they offered either Danny Hultzen or Taijuan Walker, the Angels wouldn't hesitate to make that trade.

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