‘We think it was for him’ – The Mercury News

As the Orioles look ahead to what the coming weeks might hold for them Trey Mancini was traded to the Houston AstrosMany noted that it created an opportunity for others to step up.

Many the Orioles did exactly that in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday, hours after Mancini arrived, in a three-team trade with their longest-serving player and a fan favorite, Tampa Bay. Houston was dealt for two pitching possibilities. Rays ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline.

Cedric Mullins smashed a home run in another way to open the game, quickly shoving the emotional carryover away from the afternoon swap. He added an RBI single in the next innings, scoring Terin Vavra, a rookie who started in left field and reached an infield single for his first major league hit. A bloop from Anthony Santander and a hard grounder from Ryan Mountcastle gave Baltimore (52–51) a 4–0 lead in two innings.

“I didn’t know how we were going to react,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “I was really happy with my at-bat, especially early on.”

Rookie catcher Adley Ratschmann continued his midseason upswing with a pair of walks, singles and doubles for the first time in his career. The first of them came in a row with a two-base hit from Mountcastle in the fourth, each producing a run.

“That’s the thing about this team,” Reutsman said. “You try and show off the stuff and play as much as you can, even if it’s certainly difficult, losing a guy like Trey, the things he brought to the table and everyone around him, So we just did the best that we could today and were lucky to be able to win.”

Rutschmann was also behind the plate to catch Spencer Watkins, who gave the Orioles their first six-innings start in 14 games. He took a sixth-place shutout, spoiled on a single home run from Corey Seeger, but Jorge Mateo’s RBI double got that run back. Keegan Akin made the save for one run in three innings.

The Orioles clubhouse “goed through a rough patch” before the game, with Watkins saying goodbye to Mancini, but also enjoying the opportunity to thank him for his contribution. The experience, in some ways, made Monday’s postgame celebration even sweeter.

“I think it says a lot about who Trey is and who Trey was to us,” Watkins said. “Whatever we have achieved, it is not possible without him. … What he has put in all of us at Clubhouse is priceless.

“There’s just a little roar, just people talking, having fun, laughing. Of course, in the back of all of our minds, we remember Trey. But we’re excited to win. And we’d like to think it was for him.”

diaz promoted

Orioles promoted outfielder to fill active roster position vacated by Mancini’s trade Yusniel Diaz, his former top prospect Which was acquired four years ago from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the centerpiece of the Manny Machado business.

Diaz, 25, has suffered largely from lower-body injuries since joining the Baltimore system. He did well this spring and was off to a strong start with Triple-A Norfolk before suffering an extended absence with a right hamstring strain. Since rejoining Norfolk, Diaz has hit .173 with .506 ops in 21 games, rounding out Baltimore’s top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. He did not appear in Monday’s match.

Draft signing finalized

On Monday, a deadline was set for teams to sign the players selected in last month’s draft. Although the Orioles were unable to come up with one of their earlier drafts, they were able to ink a talented player who slipped to them in later rounds.

Third-round pick Nolan McLean, a right-hander at Oklahoma State, did not sign with the Orioles, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. In four drafts under Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias, McLean could give up to $874,050 to Baltimore’s highest-selected pitcher without forfeiting the draft pick. Instead, they will receive compensation after the third round in next year’s draft.

“When you pick someone so high in the draft, you do so with the intention of signing them,” Elias said. “It happens that agreements don’t happen, eventually, and we’re sorry it played out like this.”

Because they were unable to agree to the terms, the Orioles lost the $794,000 slot price to the likes of McLean, but this did not prevent them from signing 17th-round selector Carter Young for $1.325 million, according to the source. An infielder, Young entered Vanderbilt this season as a projected Top 10 pick, but his struggles saw him slip down the draft board before questions of signability emerged. His bonus is comparable to a late second-round pick.

“The draft pool system made this so we were able to meet Carter Young’s demands with little time before the signing deadline,” Elias said. “It was a very early signing period this year, and it made for some fast dynamics on that front, but we are thrilled to have signed him. I know he is going to be a pro and join an organization like that. Excited for who really wants her.”

Along with McLean, the Orioles did not sign 15th-rounder James Hicks Jr., 18th-rounder Andrew Walters and 19th-rounder Alden Maths. including one Franchise record $8.19 million for first overall pick Jackson HolidayThe Orioles awarded their draft a bonus of approximately $16.9 million, of which $766,600 was taxed at a 75% rate to exceed their bonus pool.

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