2022 MLB trade deadline: Astros acquire Trey Mancini from the Orioles in a three-team trade
The Rays also assigned infielder Brett Phillips for assignment following the move, as per the The Tampa Bay Times.
Mancini 30, 30, is batting .268/.347/.404 (114 OPS+) with 10 homers, 16 doubles and 41 RBI and 39 runs across the 92 games played this season. Mancini was unable to play in the 2020 season following having been diagnosed with cancer of the colon however, he returned back to major leagues by 2021. Mancini hit 21 home runs during the regular season, and made it to the finals of the Home Run Derby last year.
At this point Mancini’s most memorable year came in 2019, where Mancini hit 35 home runs and scored the 97th run while batting .291/.364/.535 with an OPS+ of 134.
In terms of the match to and the Astros, Yordan Alvarez is the only one with the DH position locked So Mancini will be moving towards the outfield. Kyle Tucker is the regular right fielder, and Michael Brantley, the left fielder, has been injured. It means that for the moment, we can anticipate Mancini to see a significant portion of playing time in left field, while Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers play center. It is possible that there will be some bats in the first base position, where there is a 38 year old Yuli Gurriel is having a subpar offensive year.
If there’s no regular playing time at the time the season is over, Mancini gives the Astros another chance to hit with a the thump. They are leading by 12 games over the AL West and have won three of the last five AL pennants. They are now looking to win another championship. Mancini has entered the last season of his deal, and has not played during the postseason.
On the Orioles final stretch at 51-51, they’re three games away from playoff contention, however the team’s determination to win the wild card position this season is unlikely to happen with this administration that has overseen a major rebuild. So, the decision to trade Mancini isn’t an outright surprise.