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The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly trading veteran Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros, in accordance with Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported it is a three-team deal, with the Tampa Bay Rays getting outfielder Jose Siri from Houston.
The Orioles are finally starting to turn the corner within their long and painful rebuild. Flirting with a .500 finish (51-51) is really a welcome departure for a franchise that owned MLB’s worst winning percentage (.379) between 2017 and 2021, per Stathead.
To the stage Baltimore would be active before Tuesday’s trade deadline, though, it figured to become more of a seller rather than buyer. This may have been the final time to profit from Mancini as a trade asset since he’s got a $10 million mutual option for 2023.
The 30-year-old’s raw numbers aren’t great.
Through 92 games, the initial baseman/outfielder has 10 home runs, 86 strikeouts and a .268/.347/.404 slash line.
Mancini’s advanced numbers better display how he’s performing in accordance with his peers. He’s got a .330 wOBA and 114 wRC+, in accordance with FanGraphs, and he has a .268 expected batting average and a .468 expected slugging percentage, per Baseball Savant.
His home run total might look just a little different aswell if the Orioles hadn’t pushed back the fence in left field.
The 2019 season will most likely remain an outlier in Mancini’s MLB career. He hit 35 homers and had a .535 slugging percentage that year.
However, the 2021 American League Comeback Player of the Yearhe won the award following a cancer diagnosis in 2020 and time for the fieldhas shown he is able to be considered a dependable hitter and obtain on base at a wholesome clip.
The right-handed Mancini must have a positive effect on Houston’s offense on the stretch run, and his $10 million salary for 2023 is not a bad investment in the case he really wants to return.