Richard Justice of MLB.com published an article on Monday with nine MLB stars that could be traded this offseason and one of them could be a match for the Colorado Rockies.
That player would be Baltimore Orioles first baseman and corner outfielder Trey Mancini. Mancini, 27, may be a name that you are not very familiar with since he plays with the Orioles but in 2019, he had an excellent season for the hapless Orioles.
In 154 games (602 ABs), he hit .291/.364/.535 with 35 home runs, 97 RBI, 38 doubles, 106 runs, and an OPS+ of 135. 2019 was his third full season in the major leagues so, if the Rockies were to acquire him, they would have three years of team control before he would become a free agent.
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In 2019, he played 56 games at first base and 87 games in right field (only six games in left field). With Charlie Blackmon firmly planted in right field for the Rockies, Mancini would be a better fit at first base for the Rockies.
However, even if he did play first base, it would still bring up some questions for the Rockies. With Mancini at first base, he would supplant Daniel Murphy at first base. Would the Rockies be fine with him on the bench?
Also, if they plan on having Brendan Rodgers starting at second base in the near future (assuming he would not be in a trade for Mancini), Ryan McMahon would then be displaced because Mancini would be at first. Would that signal to either Rodgers or McMahon in a trade for Mancini and would the Rockies be fine with that?
I’m not so sure but I think that they would be better with trading McMahon than Rodgers, since McMahon was not viewed as high of a prospect as Rodgers (but McMahon was still pretty high).
Justice also names the Blue Jays, Reds, and Giants as three other possible matches for Mancini. While I think that Mancini would be a good player for the Rockies, I personally don’t see it happening and think that the other teams may be more of a fit.