The Baltimore Orioles have traded first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, the teams announced Monday. Houston’s acquisition of Mancini is part of a three-team deal that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the details of the three-team, five-player deal.
- The astros get: 1B/OF Trey Mancini, RHP Jayden Murray
- The Orioles get: RHP Seth Johnson, RHP Chayce McDermott
- Rays get: BY Jose Siri
The Rays also designated outfielder Brett Phillips for assignment after the move, according to the Tampa Bay Weather.
Mancini, 30, is hitting .268/.347/.404 (114 OPS+) with 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 39 runs in 92 games this season. Mancini missed the 2020 season after being diagnosed with colon cancer but returned to the majors in 2021. He hit 21 home runs in the regular season and also made the Home Run Derby final last year .
At this point, Mancini’s career year was 2019, when he hit 35 home runs and completed 97 home runs while hitting .291 / .364 / .535, a 134 OPS+.
As for the fit with the Astros, Yordan Alvarez has locked down the DH spot, so Mancini will head to the outfield. Kyle Tucker is the everyday right fielder and Michael Brantley, the left fielder, is injured. This means that for the time being, we should expect Mancini to get a large chunk of playing time while Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers play through the middle. There could also be at-bats at first base where 38-year-old Yuli Gurriel is having a mediocre offensive season.
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Even with no regular playing time by the end of the season, Mancini gives the Astros another bat with a punch. They have a 12-game lead in the AL West and have won three of the last five AL pennants and are in the hunt for another ring. Mancini is in the final year of his contract and has never made the playoffs.
On the Orioles side, they are 51-51 and three games out of playoff position, but it was unlikely to go all the way to securing a wild card spot this season under this front office which has overseen a reconstruction. As such, dealing with Mancini is no big surprise.