MLB: AZ Diamondbacks Player Mark Trumbo
Spring Training has arrived for the Arizona Diamondbacks and, as we know, there will be a new Manager, new coaches, several new players and hold-over players that will play new positions.
One of those hold-over players in a new position will be Mark Trumbo. Trumbo, who just turned 29 a few weeks ago, will be starting in right field for the 2015 season. He did not play that position at all last year with the Diamondbacks. However he has played 65 games in right field before, when he was with the Angels. Trumbo, when he was healthy during the 2014 season, split time between left field and first base. He moved to first base when Paul Goldschmidt was sidelined in early August. A foot injury cost him a lot of playing time during his first season with the Diamondbacks. He hit just .235 in 88 games with 14 homeruns and 61 RBI during 2014. In Trumbo’s former position in left field look for Ender Inciarte and David Peralta to platoon with Cody Ross for playing time, if Ross makes the team out of Spring Training.
Trumbo, who is arbitration eligible this off-season, has filed for $6.9 million, while the Diamondbacks filed for $5.3 million. They will eventually work out a deal and, when they do, the fans will be looking for a healthy Trumbo to provide the power and the RBI production he put up when he was with the Angels. He is looking to have a bounce back season and he needs to be the slugger the Diamondbacks acquired in order to give Goldschmidt lineup protection. The team is hoping to use Trumbo’s bat this season to force pitchers to stop “pitching around” Goldschmidt, which will hopefully give Goldschmidt more to hit and reduce the number of walks he is issued.
If Trumbo struggles the Diamondbacks do have other possible options. One could be is if Yasmany Tomas, who is currently listed as the starting third baseman, hits for power, but lacks the defensive skills needed at third, they could move him to the outfield. Then the Diamondbacks could look to trade Trumbo, as their outfield will become even more crowded. There will be a trade market for Trumbo because of his power, but in order to trade him the Diamondbacks will probably have to pick up some of his salary.
Let’s hope that 2015 is an injury-free season and that we see Trumbo put up some big numbers at the plate, while playing a decent right field and all of the trade talks remain just rumors.
Position players report February 24th, with their first workout on February 25th.
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