The Baltimore Orioles are past the proverbial point of the year where “it’s still early” is a thing. With the rebuild still happening, what moves are next?
I’m sure by this point in your life; you’ve all heard of the game date, marry, kill, or some variation of it. Well, for the Baltimore Orioles, it appears that it might be that time of year again. The O’s are certainly in rebuild mode, but they have a lot of moving parts still to be locked down.
In our own variation of date, marry, kill, we will dub it trade, keep, and build around. Our three players in question are the three players that have been rumored to move or can’t seem to lock down a long-term deal. Those three names are Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander, and Cedric Mullins. All longer-term O’s, with a lot to still give, but also could bring in more talent and future.
Trade, keep, build around: 3 Baltimore Orioles with 3 different outcomes.
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Let’s start with this; neither of these moves may be popular ones, but the harsh reality is that the O’s have a load of outstanding talent coming up, and they need room to prove it. Trey Mancini might not be in one for those positions, but his value is at an all-time high, especially with the National League using Designated Hitters now.
Trey is the most veteran player on this team, and out of these three seems to be more of the voice for senior leadership around the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse. To catch you up, the Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with Mancini with a $7.75 million salary agreement, but since then, things have been quieted.
If you do a quick google search, you will instantly find that Mancini is the name on everyone’s radar, and why not? However, he should also be on the top of the O’s radar as well. Now at 30 years of age, he’s no longer the young guy, but what he could be is a leader for the younger generation—the O’s newest version of Cal Ripken, someone who stays to see it through.
Narrowing down the possible outcomes: Build around or Trade