The Baltimore Orioles moved a franchise stalwart the day before the MLB trade deadline.
According to Dan Connolly of The Athletic, the Orioles are sending Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros.
Although full trade details are unknown, Connolly said Baltimore will get “several players” from Houston.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Astros outfielder Jose Siri in a three-team trade.
Mancini, who has spent his entire career with the Orioles, is batting .268/.347/.404 with 10 home runs this season. He hit a career-high 35 long balls in 2019 after hitting 24 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
Trading Mancini is bittersweet for Baltimore. Mancini triumphantly returned to the team last year after beating colon cancer. Additionally, the Orioles shocked many fans by staying in the playoff hunt at 51-51.
However, the 30-year-old is now all but guaranteed to play playoff baseball for the Astros, who hold a 12-game lead in the American League West.
Although he ranks fifth on the OPS team, Houston will benefit from adding Mancini to the roster. A shoulder injury has sidelined veteran outfielder Michael Brantley since June, and first baseman Yuli Gurriel is batting a disappointing .243/.293/.392 this season.
At least he left Baltimore on a good note. Mancini’s last appearance on set at Camden Yards was bizarre home run inside the park.
With just 3.5 games behind the AL’s last wildcard spot, Baltimore could now try to trade more players such as the All-Star closest to Jorge Lopez by the date. Tuesday night deadline.