The offer that the Baltimore Orioles dangled to re-sign Mark Trumbo probably looks like an oasis to other free agents in the middle of a winter in which unsigned players are thirsting for deals. Baltimore was prepared to give Trumbo, who would cost any other team a draft pick to sign, a deal worth $52 million to $55 million.
The two sides were far apart, the talks stalled, and now the Orioles continue to weigh other options. Even if Trumbo and the O's re-engage, club executives seem to be increasingly wary of paying more for the slugger than what he could get in the stagnant free agent market.
With the prices seemingly bottoming out, teams have started to take players off the board in low-risk, one-year deals. The Cincinnati Reds signed Drew Storen to a $3 million deal, Oakland nabbed Rajai Davis for $6 million (plus $450,000 in incentives based on plate appearances), and agents expect more of the same in the days ahead.