The Orioles today announced that they have signed outfielder Mark Trumbo to a three-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Adam Walker has been designated for assignment.
Trumbo, 31, led Major League Baseball with 47 home runs last season and tied for the fourth-highest single season home run total in Orioles history. He extended Baltimore’s streak to four consecutive seasons (2013-16) of having an Orioles hitter lead Major League Baseball in home runs. The two-time All-Star set career highs in hits (157), extra-base hits (75), home runs, RBIs (108), runs scored (94), slugging percentage (.533), OPS (.850) and outfield assists (10). The 2016 Silver Slugger has hit 149 home runs since 2012 to rank 10th in the majors in that span. Trumbo also homered in his first career postseason game after starting as the designated hitter in the American League wild card game at Toronto.
Over a seven-year major league career, Trumbo has batted .251/.303/.473 with 178 home runs and 517 RBIs over 849 games. He was acquired by the Orioles in a trade from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 2, 2015. Originally drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Trumbo played four seasons with the Angels (2010-13) and also has spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2014-15) and Seattle Mariners (2015).
Walker, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in December after spending five minor league seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization. He has hit .251/.310/.486 (559-for-2,225) with 110 doubles, 124 home runs, 429 RBIs and 43 stolen bases over 584 career minor league games.
“We are happy that we were able to bring Mark Trumbo back to the Orioles,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “We like his presence in our lineup and professional work ethic along with the elite power he brings to our ballpark.”