Trumbo is eligible for arbitration, and the two sides exchanged figures Friday night. As Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times notes, there is a quite a difference between them.
Tape-measure-size gap between arbitration figures filed by young slugger Mark Trumbo ($5.85 million) and #DBacks ($3.4 million)
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) January 17, 2014
In 2013 Trumbo had an impressive 34 home runs and 100 RBI. Those numbers on their own might tilt this argument in his favor. But some of the limitations indicated in his triple slash line (.234/.294/.453) are cause for pause. You could argue the power is worth it. Maybe it is, but we should also note that he was a 2.2 WAR player according to BaseballReference and a 2.5 fWAR player according to FanGraphs.
When you talk about the Diamonbacks, you should at least mention grit and their desire to build a team in the mold of their manager, Kirk Gibson. While we can only speculate about “grittiness” might factor into their contract offers, maybe Trumbo needs to take a look in the mirror and ask himself about his intangibles and the fact that the Diamondbacks only want to pay $3.4 million for them (in addition to the home runs and stuff).