That statement was believed to be true until a conflicting report came out today by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports! reported that Trumbo was “definitely in play” during this week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego and that Trumbo was involved in a three-team deal that fell through quickly.
Source: Mark Trumbo definitely in play with Diamondbacks. There was talk of a three-way deal with him that fell through. Still available.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 8, 2014
Trumbo had a down year in 2014. The right-handed slugger only played in 88 games due to a stress fracture in his left foot. In 362 PAs, Trumbo hit for a .235 average with 14 homers and 61 RBI. While Trumbo’s average and on-base percentage may scare some suitors away, the 28-year-old’s power numbers have been off the charts since he made it to the bigs (109 homers in 548 games).
When healthy, Trumbo has the potential to be a 30 homer, 100 RBI type player and impact a lineup immediately. If Mark Trumbo is dealt, it would make sense if the move was to a team in the American League. With the Diamondbacks, Trumbo was forced to see time in left field, while his natural position, first base was blocked by All-Star Paul Goldschmidt. In the AL, Trumbo could see more time at DH, a spot in the lineup that is while suited for a power hitter of his kind.
However, The Diamondbacks would need to be “overwhelmed” by a trade offer to deal Trumbo and that the Seattle Mariners are already a team monitoring the recent news, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.