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Hold on to Trey Mancini

July 05, 2019 - 9:38 am

By Austin Medina  

With less than a month away from the trade deadline, trade rumors will begin to swirl. Last year, the Orioles traded star third baseman Manny Machado on the night of the All-Star game. They traded a number of players, including Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop, and Kevin Gausman.

The O's did what they should have done; they acquired a number of prospects and received an influx of value.

The Orioles, who currently sit at the bottom of the AL East at 25-61, are clear sellers once again. However this year the O’s may have a problem.

There isn’t much to be sought after in regards to "veteran assets." Of course teams jumped at trades for Machado and Britton. By trading away great trade chips in 2018, the Orioles pursuit of building the farm system will be challenged ahead of the 2019 trade deadline.

One player that has been rumored for a trade is outfielder Trey Mancini. Mancini should have been an All-Star this season. He’s batting .300, has tallied a .533 slugging percentage, and ripped 17 homeruns.

Mancini has been a bright spot in what has been a dark season. Presumably, Mancini should attract bidders and a solid package back. But should the Orioles trade Mancini to add to their rebuilding proves or should they keep him as part of their long-term solution?

There are a ton of questions in any potential trade. Do other teams value Mancini as the Orioles do? What would a fair package in return look like?

The Orioles should keep their phones on and evaluate potential offers. Ultimately though, Baltimore should hold on to Mancini.

The former eight-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft has been nothing but productive during his time in the big leagues. He’s a utility fielder and a consistent bat. His batting average is back up after dipping in 2018. Even though he batted .242, Mancini still added 24 homers and 58 RBI. Though Mancini didn’t make the cut, he has produced an All-Star season in Baltimore. He ranks in the top-10 among American League outfielders in average, home runs, and OPS.

If we need any more reason that the Orioles should keep him, Mancini isn’t eligible for arbitration until this coming offseason. He is under team control until the 2022 season. The Orioles should hold off on any trades for Mancini and look to trade pitchers such as Mychal Givens and Andrew Cashner.

The Orioles should hold a ton of value in Mancini. He’s a homegrown player who has even more potential ahead of him. His ability to play multiple positions is a valuable trait. The All-Star Voting may have snubbed him. He may go under the radar in most baseball discussions. But in Baltimore, Mancini’s play does not go unnoticed.