The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the most surprising teams in MLB this season, going 51-51.
It’s safe to say they arrived ahead of schedule: while they may not be a legitimate threat to make the playoffs, they were much, much better than expected.
Still, it’s worth pointing out that they’re not quite a contending team just yet.
As a result, they just traded fan favorite Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros.
The Orioles trade Trey Mancini to the Astros. Sources.
—Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) August 1, 2022
Mancini, a cancer survivor who won the love and respect of the entire baseball world when he returned from stage three colon cancer between 2020 and 2021, will now be at the heart of a race for playoffs with the Astros.
Mancini remains a valuable hitter despite modest season
He was not having his best season and was expected to become a free agent after the season.
He is, heading into Monday’s games, cutting .268/.347/.404 with 10 homers in 401 plate appearances.
Despite the perceived lack of power, Mancini was an above average hitter with a 114 wRC+, or weighted Runs Created Plus.
The average wRC+ is 100, so with his 114 Mancini performed better than his peers.
His career high is 132, so it’s been a down year anyway.
He is effectively a rental, so anything the O’s got in return would work.
According to Connolly, who covers the Orioles for The Athletic, Baltimore will get several players in exchange for Mancini.
At the time of writing this article, the return of the Orioles was not yet known, but it is good to know (for their future) that they will receive more than one player.
The Astros have improved and are getting a very solid hitter.