Big-swinging first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo reported early to Orioles spring training camp and is excited by the offensive potential of his new team.
And why not? Trumbo has big-time power and he's joining a lineup that includes a 50-homer guy in Chris Davis, 30-plus home run hitters in Adam Jones and Manny Machado, 20-plus threats J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters, and emerging power guy Jonathan Schoop.
"I guess any time you have a lineup that stretches that deep, it creates real headaches for opposing pitchers," said Trumbo, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners over the winter. "I've talked to a few guys around the game, especially a few guys who play in the AL East, and I think already they say this team already is one of the toughest, if not the toughest to face.
"And then you see some more pieces come into play and it just becomes that much more difficult ... especially the power component. It's one thing to be good hitters. It's another to have a constant threat to put balls in the seats up and down your lineup. You really have to tiptoe facing a team as deep as this one."