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O's, Trumbo avoid arbitration

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The Orioles and Mark Trumbo avoided arbitration Thursday, settling on a one-year deal worth $9.15 million, a source told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. The club has not confirmed the news, first reported by ESPN.

Trumbo, who will become a free agent after the 2016 season, came to Baltimore via a trade with the Mariners earlier this offseason, along with lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser. The O's sent catcher Steve Clevenger to Seattle.

The Orioles and Mark Trumbo avoided arbitration Thursday, settling on a one-year deal worth $9.15 million, a source told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. The club has not confirmed the news, first reported by ESPN.

Trumbo, who will become a free agent after the 2016 season, came to Baltimore via a trade with the Mariners earlier this offseason, along with lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser. The O's sent catcher Steve Clevenger to Seattle.

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Trumbo batted .262/.310/.449 in 142 games last season, split between the D-backs and the Mariners. He's a career .250 hitter with 131 home runs in six big league seasons.

Trumbo's role with Baltimore remains somewhat undetermined, with questions as to whether the Orioles will sign a first baseman or a corner outfielder in free agency. Trumbo was worth -4 Defensive Runs Saved as an outfielder last season, but he's posted above-average career defensive numbers at first. He could end up playing both positions, as well as see time at designated hitter during the 2016 season.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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