Trumbo reportedly available via trade

Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo is “definitely in play” on the trade market, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He adds that there was actually a three-team trade involving Trumbo that ultimately fell through.

The rumors come on the same day that the D-backs made official their signing of Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million deal.  That said, general manager Dave Stewart has insisted the club has no interest in trading Trumbo, even in the wake of signing Tomas.

The D-backs are expected to try Tomas at third base — a position he has played some in the past — but they would need to eventually free up a corner outfield position if that plan doesn’t work out. It’s with that in mind that a Trumbo trade would certainly makes sense and the D-backs seem to be, at the very least, listening to offers.

It’s unclear at this point which team(s) have inquired about Trumbo, but a significant number of teams entered this week’s Winter Meetings looking to add another big bat to their lineup. With the number of top available hitters dwindling in what was already a thin free agent class, Trumbo figures to garner plenty of interest after averaging 27 home runs and 86 RBIs over the past four seasons.

— Paul Casella

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