The Major League Baseball season is now over one month old and it’s time to start evaluating teams’ offseason moves.
I will be taking a look at the five major moves that the Baltimore Orioles made during the winter, three on offense and two more on the pitching staff.
To start out, I will look at the trade the O’s made with the Seattle Mariners.
Trade Review: Orioles receive Mark Trumbo (and CJ Riefenhauser) ; Mariners receive Steve Clevenger
RoI: Acquiring Mark Trumbo was a smart move for the O’s. He provides versatility as a position player who can play a corner outfield spot, as well as first base if Baltimore gets in a pinch.
Not only that, but Trumbo can also serve as a viable designated hitter.
The biggest thing that he has brought to Baltimore is balance in a very power-heavy lineup.
Sure he has 11 home runs through the team’s first 32 games of the season, but look at what else he’s done at the plate.
Trumbo is hitting for a .320 batting average – sixth best in the American League – and he is also amongst league leaders in hits, runs batted in and slugging percentage. Not to mention the fact that he’s reached base safely in an AL-best 24 straight games.
However, as good of a job Trumbo has been doing at getting on base, hitting the long ball is a big reason he was brought to the Charm City.
Trumbo’s 11 home runs and 27 RBI lead the Orioles, having homered in two of the last three games, including two home runs in Wednesday’s win over the Twins. His home run in the fourth inning was the second of a set of back-to-back long balls started by fellow Chris Davis.
His hot start to 2016 has not only given opposing pitchers another problem when facing the Orioles lineup, but has been a big reason Baltimore currently sits atop of the AL East.
Maybe the best thing, though, about the trade was how little the Orioles gave up to acquire Trumbo.
Steve Clevenger isn’t a bad catcher, he just happened to be on a Baltimore team that already had two stud catchers ahead of him in Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph. Clevenger wasn’t going to get playing time this year on the O’s, so it only made sense to get rid of him, especially when getting a player as good as Trumbo has been in return.
It’s still relatively early in Trumbo’s first season in an Orioles uniform, but the trade is quickly looking like one of the better trades in team history.