The Orioles’ rebuild faced their toughest move on Monday, with Baltimore trading Trey Mancini, the roster’s lone holdover from his most recent playoff run and a player who played for the Houston Astros with his personality and perseverance. With the fan base prepared himself. , sources with knowledge of the agreement confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.
Return not yet known. The deal comes a day before the Major League trade deadline and with the Orioles just three games out of the wild-card spot, starting a three-game series against the Texas Rangers 51–51 on July 16–9. occurs after a 10-game winning streak, Mancini was on the field to hug Orioles teammates and staff ahead of Monday’s series opener.
Mancini made his major league debut late in the 2016 season and was in the last guaranteed year of his contract with the team, agreeing a deal with a mutual option for the 2023 season during spring training to avoid arbitration. . But he has always said he did not expect both sides to make the choice, given the possibility that his position as a trade candidate would remain unchanged.
On Thursday, what proved to be his last home game at Camden Yards, Mancini Hit an inside-the-park home run in his final at-batTampa Bay Rays right fielder Josh Lowe lost the ball to the sun and allowed Mancini to make it around first base before a long standing ovation.
Mancini later said, “I hope to be a part of this team and still be a part of this team.” “But I understand how the business works and I really have no role in it. I just go out there every day and play for this team and I have a name in my chest because I love the city and the team and all these people here. It’s just been such a fun year. ,
This summer faced trade rumours, Mancini’s third in Baltimore with the Orioles (51-51) ahead of the 2019 and 2021 deadlines. He missed the 2020 season during treatment stage 3 colon cancer,
Coming off the 35-homer campaign in 2019, Mancini arrived in spring training hoping to build on it, but regularly felt sluggish during the exhibition period. A routine blood test revealed low levels of iron, with further examinations revealing a tumor in her colon. Mancini underwent surgery to remove it on the same day that the coronavirus pandemic canceled the rest of spring training.
When baseball resumed in July, he did so without Mancini, who underwent 12 rounds of biweekly chemotherapy treatments that caused his weight to fluctuate. He returned in 2021 as the best story in the game and a source of joy and inspiration on the Orioles team, ending with the worst record in the American League, recognized by both his teammates and the league as a sport. Comeback Player of the Year,
during the year, He answered frequent questions and spoke publicly about his medical experienceHe was hoping to raise awareness, even as his struggle to become a player weighed on him. He was largely a productive player, ending up like Runner-up in the Home Run Derby In an experience he hopes will show viewers what can be achieved after a cancer diagnosis.
with Home run on one year anniversary Of death of mo gaba — a teenage superfan whose positivity during a lifelong cancer battle inspired how Mancini tried to approach the disease — Mancini had 19 for the year and .827 Ops nearing last year’s deadline. But a quiet two months ended his season, The emotional and physical weight of what he endured to hold him,
In the off season, Mancini Gave myself space to process the experience And the 2022 season brought a better mindset, which was sure to be his last in Baltimore from the start. The sides exchanged salary figures after the Orioles were unable to agree terms with Mancini on a deal for 2022, Mancini’s new contract eventually rendering those spoils. $10 million The option in the contract came with a $250,000 buyout, bringing the guaranteed amount of the contract closer to Mancini’s requested figure than the team. but astro If they or Mancini do not choose the option, they will pay for that purchase.
The future-focused move sees the Orioles team fighting for a playoff spot in its longest-serving player, who has hit the top four spots in manager Brandon Hyde’s lineup but is one of his debuts this year. . Mancini is hitting .268 with .751 ops and 10 home runs, though he is likely to have more for Camden Yards’ deep and long left-wall starts. Mancini has scored seven fewer home runs than expected based on the quality of his contact, According to Baseball SawantBiggest ever loss in big companies.
With Houston, Mancini will no longer play home games at a park designed to take home away from batsmen like him. They may also get their first extended opportunity to play their natural position of first base.
Mancini arrived in Baltimore when Sluggers Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo took over first base and designated hitter spots, forcing him to learn corner outfield on a massive fly. When he returned in 2021, he played only first base on the field, but spent most of the season finale as Baltimore’s DH.
With Mancini’s exit, outfielder Anthony Santander, another trade candidate, is the Oriole with the most major league experience in Baltimore. Left-handed pitcher John Means, a 2014 draftee, stands as the player with the most time in the organization.
Athletic first reported the trade.
Baltimore Sun reporter Andy Kostka contributed to this report. This story will be updated.