Trumbo rejects QO; O’s get draft pick if he signs elsewhere
As expected, right fielder Mark Trumbo is rejecting the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer, according to industry sources.
Trumbo and his representatives had until 5 p.m. to inform the Orioles of the decision.
The 30-year-old, who hit a major-league best 47 homers in 2016, is testing the free-agent market, an expected move since he is one of the premier power hitters available.
Several teams already have showed interest in Trumbo, including a few who view him as a first baseman and not just a corner outfielder or designated hitter, according to several sources.
The Orioles have not dismissed the idea of re-signing Trumbo, though the contract he could command may out-price what the Orioles are willing to offer; the team’s 2017 payroll likely will eclipse $150 million even without a marquee signing.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Trumbo approaches or passes the four-year, $57 million deal the Seattle Mariners gave former Oriole Nelson Cruz after the 2014 season.
If Trumbo signs elsewhere, the Orioles will receive a supplemental, first-round draft pick in 2017, no matter which club signs him.
Phillies starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and Mets second baseman Neil Walker were the only players to accept qualifying offers.
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