Trumbo rejects qualifying offer in favor of FA

Trumbo rejects qualifying offer in favor of FA

Mark Trumbo, who led the Majors with 47 home runs in 2016, has rejected the $17.2 million qualifying offer made to him by the Orioles.

Teams that extended qualifying offers to eligible players this offseason are guaranteed a compensatory 2017 Draft pick in return should that player sign with another team as a free agent. Players had until 5 p.m. ET Monday to accept or reject a qualifying offer.

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Trumbo, who turns 31 in January, will be entering his eighth Major League season. He hit .256/.316/.533 and drove in a career-high 108 runs in his only season with Baltimore. He also struck out 170 times in 667 plate appearances.

The Orioles are reportedly interested in bringing Trumbo back, but may not be able to afford him depending on the market. According to Yahoo! Sports, the market is "bustling" for Trumbo, who has hit at least 29 home runs in four of his five full Major League seasons.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.