Dan Connolly of The Athletic was recently trying to find some suitors (subscription required) for Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini in the National League. Colorado Rockies beat writer Nick Groke submitted a proposal to his colleague and here’s what it looked like.
Would that trade for Trey Mancini work for the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles?
Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini had 33 doubles, 21 homers, 71 RBI, a slash line of .255/.326/.432, an OPS+ of 104, and an rWAR of 0.8 in 147 games. The Colorado Rockies desperately need some help on offense in their outfield so Trey Mancini could help address that.
He exclusively played first base and DH for the Orioles in 2021 but he has played in left or right field for 280 games in his career, including 92 games in 2019.
2019 was his best season as he played in 154 games and hit .291/.364/.535 with 35 homers, 97 RBI, 38 doubles, and an OPS+ of 134.
Groke suggests that Mancini is very similar in profile to Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron but since the Rockies are “so desperate to boost their lineup and find more power,” the Rockies could platoon Cron and Mancini at first and DH, with Mancini occasionally making some appearances in left field, especially since Tapia would be gone.
Mancini’s defense is not great at either first or in the outfield but Groke says that they need his bat more than anything and he would also be a good clubhouse presence.
Tapia would give the Orioles a left fielder and would give them the opportunity to move Austin Hays to right field and DH the oft-injured Anthony Santander. Welker would immediately become the Orioles everyday third baseman.
Connolly said that he thinks the Orioles would want a lower-level pitching prospect in addition or substitute Welker out for a mid-level pitching prospect. Groke said he would throw in a pitching prospect too but based on the initial deal, Connolly said he would pass but he would be “intrigued.”
Of the four offers, this was the second-best one on the table as the offer from the Pirates would be enough for Connolly to make a trade if he thought that the Orioles could not extend Mancini.
Overall, I think that Mancini should be on the Rockies radar, especially if it just takes Tapia and Welker to get him but if they had to throw in a pitcher too, I think that would be a little too steep for Mancini’s 2021 production.