Weeks after missing out on a surprise target in Edwin Encarnacion, it looks like the Oakland Athletics are once again looking into a top-end free agent.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Oakland has reached out to American League home run champion Mark Trumbo. The level of interest is not known, but it continues what looks to be a surprise philosophy from the small-market team.
Remember, Oakland was seen as one of the likeliest destinations for Encarnacion before he opted to sign a three-year, $60 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. Their presence as potential suitors for high-priced free agents goes away from the A’s MO over the past couple decades. It could signal that the team’s new ownership group might very well be looking at adding to the payroll.
This comes on the heels of Oakland signing American League stolen base champ Rajai Davis to a one-year contract on Tuesday.
As it relates to Trumbo, the Orioles have apparently pulled their original four-year offer to the 3o-year-old power hitter. Trumbo posted a .256 average with 47 homers and 108 RBI last season. He’d immediately slot into the middle of what is still a weak Oakland lineup.