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Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles' qualifying offer; team will get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere

Mark Trumbo rejects Orioles' qualifying offer; team will get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere

Free agent outfielder Mark Trumbo on Monday declined the team’s $17.2-million qualifying offer, according to an industry source.

Instead, he will enter free agency for the first time in his nomadic, seven-year career.

Trumbo, who led the majors with 47 home runs, now enters a market heavy on power hitters, including outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista, and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Trumbo had a week to decide after the Orioles extended the offer on Nov. 7, but as the deadline drew near, the team's expectation was that Trumbo would decline. Both sides expressed some interest in a reunion as the regular season drew to a close, meaning Trumbo could...

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