Trey Mancini doesn't think Orioles will trade him, reiterates he wants to stay - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Trey Mancini doesn’t think Orioles will trade him, reiterates he wants to stay

Photo Credit; Joy R. Absalon

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.

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“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.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Bhoffman1

    July 30, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Somebody please tell why Chris Davis is still on the field. Going with 24 players and sitting him is more productive then ever playing him again except for late inning defensive purposes.

    • Bancells Moustache

      July 30, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      Chris out here hitting game-winning bombs, that’s why!

  2. Bhoffman1

    July 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Oops he heard me he just hit a homer.

  3. deqalt

    July 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I am hoping that the Orioles do indeed trade Mancini. If they can get a real return for him and not just minor league roster fillers he can’t be more valuable then right now. By the time this team is ready to compete Trey will be gone.

    • Bancells Moustache

      July 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm

      Why? Because he’s 27 and all Running Backs lose a step when they hit 30? I’m so tired of the NFL narrative dominating baseball. There is no reason why a 31, 32, 33 year old Trey Mancini can’t be the bulwark of a great Orioles team.

      • deqalt

        July 31, 2019 at 12:12 am

        Trey won’t be around at 31,32,33 years old. Orioles are not resigning him. His value is high because he is under control through 2022. Haven’t the Orioles been criticized in the past for waiting too long to trade them away?

    • Camden Brooks

      July 30, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      I would be 100% against trading Trey. No way he’s reached his peak, and he has clearly established himself as our leader (in only his 3rd big league season).

  4. OriolesNumber1Fan

    July 30, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    I hate to see boom boom traded but if they can get a nice return and get younger than I’m all in. But one thing they must do in this lost season is TANK!!! Be competitive but still lose. If we lose the rest of this year by scores of 3-2, 4-3, 2-1 at least we’re in every game so we might be getting closer to winning. But, we need another 1st round of picks for next year in this lost year. Makes no sense to start winning all these games now at this point of this lost season.

    • Camden Brooks

      July 30, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Disagree. Winning breeds winning. The sooner we can stop being terrible, regardless of who is on the roster, the better.

      • deqalt

        July 31, 2019 at 12:19 am

        The winning that needs to happen to breed success needs to be done in the minors. The Orioles are a couple years away from anything. Outside of hopefully Sisco & Santander no one on this team will be around for the finish product. If we aren’t resigning Trey than lets get quality for him. We need the #1 picks. Taking position players is alot closer to impactful than pitchers because of injuries at the top of the draft. All those great minor leaguers we have need to win where they are. That changes the culture.

    • CalsPals

      July 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Spot on Camden…habit forming…go O’s…

      • Jbigle1

        July 31, 2019 at 2:29 am

        Is it habit forming for a team of placeholders to start winning? I mean there’s actual evidence of this not mattering. The cubs and Astros were god awful with all of their placeholders until the prospects came up and made the team better. If anything I bet guys like Stevie Wilkerson who are trying desperately to break into the big leagues play just as hard if not harder everyday than your typical big leaguer on a winning team.

        With that in mind, if we can get a guy who can really help us in 2022 then go for it.

        As for the arguments about Trey helping us when he’s 31-32+ do you guys know how old Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis are? They’re both 33 and have been declining/injured for a few years now. There’s nothing that says that has to be Mancini by any means but guys like that don’t age well and that’s a rather big gamble to take if we can get actual talent back.

        If teams are offering more packages of falling prospects like Dillon Tate and Luis Ortiz that’s another story. We might as well gamble.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        July 31, 2019 at 7:29 pm

        Sorry, spot off Camden and Calpals. Winning does breed winning but this needs to be done in the minors where 4 Oriole minor league teams are doing just that! They will be part of the next great Orioles teams along with Santandar and Sisco kid. Tank while we still can get the first pick each round is how you build the next wave of great Oriole teams! Be glad this isn’t the NBA where the league doesn’t help teams that tank. Just ask the Knicks! And as far as Bundy is concerned he was the Orioles first round pick BUT he was the fourth player taken in that draft not the first!!!

    • Borg

      July 30, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      A first rounder in baseball isn’t like a first rounder in football. Plenty of baseball first rounders flame out long before the majors and plenty of lower round picks end up in the HOF. I don’t think there is enough of a difference between say the #1 and #3 pick to incentivize the Orioles to tank. They’re barely putting people in the seats as it is. Win as many as possible now and let the chips fall where they may in the draft. Bundy was a first round pick, how’s that working out for the O’s?

      • Jbigle1

        July 31, 2019 at 2:35 am

        Is there enough of a difference between a 55 win team and a 61 win team to put assess in the seats? I’d say probably not. I’m going to say the ticket sales would be far less than the difference in talent between Rutschman and the 3rd pick.

        O’s Will likely not even get the #1 pick next season anyway. The tigers are really bad. Really really bad.

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