“Most Likely To Get Paid”- Trey Mancini
Over the last few months, we have seen a number of teams dish out large contracts to young players as they look to lock in key pieces of their roster and set themselves up for success in the future. Unfortunately, the Baltimore Orioles didn’t have anyone worthy enough of a large contract and after the money thrown around to Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Davis, Orioles fans are rightfully hesitant to just throw around large dollar amounts.
For much of the 2019 season, trade rumors surrounding Trey Mancini swirled as the fanbase appeared split on whether or not they felt like the best move for the Orioles would be to trade the third-year outfielder/first baseman out of Notre Dame.
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Fast forward to today and now the conversation tends to revolve around keeping Trey Mancini, giving him a contract extension, and making him the face of the franchise during this rebuild, giving fans someone to rally around during tough times.
I have already come out and admitted to flip-flopping on my views here, now belonging to the party that wants to lock up Mancini and reward him for his dominant 2019 campaign.
Mancini produced career-highs in home runs (35), walk rate (9.3%), fWAR (3.6, largely hurt by his defense), wRC+ (132), OPS (.899), doubles (38), RBI (97), and runs scored (106) inn 2019, ending the year as the Most Valuable Oriole.
He’s still a candidate to be traded this offseason and is likely to net the largest return among the small list of tradeable assets in Baltimore, however, it now appears more likely that Mancini hangs around for a bit longer. Hopefully, with a new deal and a few extra dollars in his pocket.