What Trey Mancini has done during the 2021 MLB season is nothing short of incredible. Slashing .265/.343/.478 with 14 home runs would be productive in any season, but with Mancini just more than a year removed from his colon cancer diagnosis, it's been remarkable.
“I’m basically treating like I would any other year, so overall, I’m pretty pleased,” Mancini said to The Baltimore Sun's Nathan Ruiz. “I think I’ve been good, could be better in some areas, but I’m a pretty tough evaluator of myself. And I think there’s a few areas I can still work on, but overall, I’m happy with how my body’s been feeling and everything like that."
While his success this year is something everyone can celebrate, the production raises a tough scenario for both Mancini and the Orioles.
With the team essentially already out of contention in 2021, Mancini fits the bill of a veteran player that could become a key trade deadline acquisition for a team preparing for a playoff run. With plenty of pop at the plate and an ability to play first base or the outfield, teams would be happy to make a deal for Mancini.
Though it's the nature of the business and something Baltimore must consider as it continues to work through a rebuild, Maninci is hoping that isn't the case. He told Ruiz he “most definitely” wants to remain with the Orioles, similar to how he felt back in 2019.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of guys coming up who have a good idea what they’re doing,” Mancini said. “Up here, we can, I think, start doing a little bit better job of obviously putting wins on the board, but we’re in a lot of close games. We’ve got to find ways to start winning them now, and the more we start playing together and the more some of these other guys come up, I think that’ll start happening.”
The Orioles will eventually get some reinforcements at the Major League level and introduce a new era for the franchise, one that the organization is hoping brings more wins. Adley Rutschman and Grayson Rodriguez are the headliners.
At 29-years-old, Mancini can be a part of that future. At the same time, however, an offer that may include more prospects could interest a Baltimore team that has worked to create a new youth movement in its system.