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DENVER — The Rockies talked with the Mariners about power-hitting first baseman Mark Trumbo, but those discussions are no longer current, a Major League source said Tuesday morning.
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That doesn’t necessarily mean that the situation won’t come up again, but it would have to be a new and separate round of talks, the source indicated. Or, if the Mariners non-tender the arbitration-eligible Trumbo — who, according to an MLBtraderumors.com projection is in line to make $9.1 million next season through the arbitration process — the Rockies could pursue Trumbo via free agency.
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More will be known after Wednesday’s 9:59 p.m. MT deadline for teams to tender 2016 contracts.
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The talks between the clubs were first reported by Fox Sports and the Tacoma News Tribune.
Trumbo, who turns 30 on Jan. 16, hit .262 with 22 home runs, a .759 OPS and 64 RBIs last season for the D-backs and the Mariners. He was dealt from the Angels to the D-backs after the 2013 season by their then-general manager Jerry Dipoto, who now serves as the Mariners’ GM.
Trumbo could be a fit for the Rockies because of his position and his right-handed power.
Since the end of the regular season, the Rockies declined the 2016 option for veteran Justin Morneau and designated for assignment Wilin Rosario, who began 2015 as the right-handed complement to Morneau.
The moves leave the Rockies with left-handed-hitting Ben Paulsen, who has had productive stretches over parts of two seasons, with an .809 OPS in 147 combined games, including a .261 average with a .778 OPS against left-handed pitching. Last year, however, he dipped to .235 with a .554 OPS against lefties in just 39 plate appearances. At the end of the year, manager Walt Weiss said Paulsen had better at-bats against lefties than the numbers indicated. Still, the lure of a righty power hitter exists.
In other developments:
• Rosario cleared waivers Monday and technically was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque. However, the club didn’t make an official announcement, because Rosario has the right to opt for free agency, and there is time for him to make the decision and do the necessary filing.
• The Rockies are expected to tender 2016 contracts to all of their current arbitration-eligible players — star third baseman Nolan Arenado Jerseys, 2015 All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu, regular center fielder Charlie Blackmon, right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Lyles Jerseys and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino Jerseys, who was the team’s closer in 2015 before suffering a season-ending right elbow injury. Arenado does it all in 2015 Arenado climbs apex of the Rocky’s with a great 2015MLB.com takes a look back at Nolan Arenado Jerseys’s outstanding all-around season for the Rockies as the third baseman impressed on a nightly basis
The Rockies did all their non-tendering of arbitration-eligible players early, by designating Rosario, right-handed closer John Axford Jerseys and lefty reliever Rex Brothers Jerseys (who was traded to the Cubs) for assignment. Previously, they outrighted catcher Michael McKenry, who elected free agency.
Those decisions saved the club slightly more than $12 million in projected arbitration-induced payouts for 2016. All weren’t strictly money decisions, however. The Rockies attempted to re-sign Axford, but they parted ways discount baseball jerseys with him when the sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
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