SAN DIEGO—Even though his name has been thrown around in trade rumors, Trey Mancini doesn’t think he’s going anywhere.
Earlier Tuesday, MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi suggested that the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers had been making a push for Mancini.
With the trade deadline nearing on Wednesday at 4 p.m., Mancini hopes it comes and goes without his name being involved.
“I don’t really anticipate anything happening,” Mancini said. “Every year you see names pop and nothing really comes to fruition. I hope I’m still here on Thursday, and I think I will be.
“You have to look at it, too that it’s an honor that other organizations see you as being a good player and would help their team. It’s definitely something to be proud of, too.”
Mancini enters Tuesday’s game with a .280 average, 24 home runs and 53 RBIs and an OPS of .873. .
An industry source believes that Tampa Bay is looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder and that Mancini is on the list, but not prominently so. Another source says that he doubts the Orioles can get a package for Mancini that would entice team to part with the 27-year-old.
Mancini remembers July 31, 2018 when Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop were traded in the moments approaching the trade deadline as the team prepared for a game at Yankee Stadium.
“None of the guys knew until basically when it happened,” Mancini said. “I don’t have any inside information, and I’m just look forward to being 4 o’clock tomorrow.”
The Orioles fly home after Tuesday’s game with the Padres and have a rare Wednesday off. Mancini says he’ll try and keep himself busy during that time, but acknowledges he’s a bit unsettled by the chatter.
“For there to be a possibility of having to move your whole life in a day to an unknown location, it’s a little strange,” Mancini said. “That’s how it is for us…Your life can change pretty quickly in this game, and that’s what you sign up for, and that’s how it is.”
Mancini reiterates that he’d like to remain with the Orioles, who drafted him in 2013.
“I love Baltimore so much,” Mancini said. “I hope I’m here for a long time.”
General manager Mike Elias, who has been extremely complimentary of Mancini both on and off the field, hasn’t ruled out either a trade for Mancini or an extension.
“We’re just at the start of a rebuild,” Mancini said “I know it might not be totally likely for them to offer an extension. If they do, it’s something surely we’ll talk about and discuss, but I haven’t really been approached about anything at all. I’m going to keep playing and doing my job.”
Mancini wants to be ready if the unexpected happens.
“I’m preparing myself for both sides,” Mancini said. “It’s definitely something you need to mentally prepare for because your whole life can change in an instant.”
Roster Moves: The Orioles placed outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. on the 10-day injured list with a strained left calf and recalled right-handed pitcher Chandler Shepherd from Triple-A Norfolk.
They also acquired infielder Jose Rondon on waivers from the Chicago White Sox.