Like Jose Bautista before him, it’s almost like Mark Trumbo doesn’t care about the Cubs’ spot in the draft at all. The world is a cold and selfish place.
The hulking Baltimore Orioles slugger is reportedly set to re-sign with his team after a long offseason search for a better deal. As a qualified free agent, Trumbo would have cost a new team a draft pick to sign, which could have bumped the Cubs’ first round pick up a spot from number 27.
Obviously I joke in the intro about the impact here, but, as I wrote with the Bautista signing, it’s a bit of a bummer that there were so few qualified free agents this year AND so many of them re-signed with their former teams.
Trumbo staying with the Orioles at this stage in the offseason doesn’t really have any market or competitive impact on the Cubs, so the impact here really is limited to the draft pick thing.
With all qualified free agents now accounted for, we can say that the Cubs’ top two picks in the draft – their first rounder and the compensatory pick they got for losing Dexter Fowler – will be numbers 27 and 30 overall. All in all, that’s not so bad (had there been more qualified free agents to sign elsewhere, the Cubs’ first rounder would have been higher, but their compensatory pick would have been lower, for whatever that’s worth).
Unlike last year’s draft, which saw the Cubs unable to pick until the end of the third round, this year’s draft will be a much more hotly anticipated event, especially because of those two relatively early picks.