O's may decide Draft pick trumps Trumbo

Reigning MLB home run leader declined Baltimore's qualifying offer

O's may decide Draft pick trumps Trumbo

The Orioles haven't ruled out re-signing slugger Mark Trumbo, but general manager Dan Duquette told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Sunday the club would rather gain the first-round Draft pick tied to Trumbo should he sign elsewhere.

Trumbo declined the O's qualifying offer after hitting .256 with 47 home runs and 108 RBIs in 2016, but he has yet to sign this winter as part of a loaded first base/corner outfield free-agent market. The A's, Mariners, Rangers, Rockies and Indians all have been linked to the slugger at some point and the Orioles were close to signing him a a four-year, $50 million deal in December before that fell through.

Duquette told Bowden that Baltimore is still looking to improve its outfield defense, which may take priority over Trumbo's power potential.

Trumbo is a .251/.303/.473 career hitter in seven seasons with the Angels, D-backs, Mariners and Orioles.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.