Orioles trade fan favorite Mancini to Astros, recall Diaz
The Baltimore Orioles have traded fan favorite and longest tenured Orioles Trey Mancini to the Houston Astros as part of a three-team trade. The Orioles have activated outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz from AAA-Norfolk. Diaz was once a top three prospect for the Orioles, acquired in the Manny Machado trade. Diaz has battled injuries since joining Baltimore but seems healthy now, has five-tool potential.
The Orioles acquired pitchers Seth Johnson, from the Tampa Bay Rays, and Chayce McDermott from the Houston Astros. Johnson was the sixth rated prospect in the Rays system and McDermott was the 12th rated prospect in the Astros system. Johnson will likely undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of next season.
Mancini is highly regarded in the Orioles clubhouse as a leader on and off the field. Mancini has been one of the few bright spots during the Orioles recent rebuild. Losing Mancini will be hard for Orioles fans as he connected with a lot of fans including the late Mo Gaba.
Here is the Orioles press release with the details of the trade.
ORIOLES, ASTROS, RAYS COMPLETE THREE-TEAM TRADE
The Baltimore Orioles today announced that they have completed a three-team trade with the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays in which the Orioles acquired right-handed pitcher SETH JOHNSON from the Rays and right-handed pitcher CHAYCE McDERMOTT from the Astros, the Astros acquired infielder/outfielder TREY MANCINI from the Orioles and right-handed pitcher JAYDEN MURRAY from the Rays, and the Rays acquired outfielder JOSÉ SIRI from the Astros. Johnson and McDermott have been assigned to High-A Aberdeen. Additionally, outfielder YUSNIEL DIAZ has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance will be his Major League debut. The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 39 players.
Johnson, 24, went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (9 ER/27.0 IP) with 41 strikeouts against 11 walks in seven starts for High-A Bowling Green this season before he was placed on the seven-day Injured List on May 27. He struck out a career-high 11 batters over 5.0 innings on May 20 at Greensboro. Over 39 career games (32 starts), he has gone 7-8 with a 2.81 ERA (43 ER/137.2 IP) and 172 strikeouts. He is currently ranked as the No. 6 prospect in Tampa Bay’s system by MLB Pipeline and No. 9 by Baseball America. Johnson was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the CBA Round (No. 40 overall) of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. He attended Campbell University (NC).
McDermott, 23, went 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA (44 ER/72.0 IP) and 114 strikeouts compared to 43 walks in 19 appearances (10 starts) for High-A Asheville this season. He struck out a career-high 10 batters over 6.0 innings on June 7 at Greenville. Over 26 career games (14 starts), he has gone 6-1 with a 4.92 ERA (51 ER/93.1 IP) and 154 strikeouts. He is currently ranked as the No. 12 prospect in Houston’s system by MLB Pipeline and No. 6 by Baseball America. McDermott was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the fourth round (No. 132 overall) of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft. He attended Ball State University (IN).
Mancini, 30, hit .268/.347/.404 (95-for-354) with 16 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 39 runs scored, and 41 RBI over 92 games with the Orioles this season. Over 701 career games with Baltimore, Mancini hit .270/.334/.463 (717-for-2,651) with 137 doubles, 11 triples, 117 home runs, 359 runs scored, and 350 RBI. On Saturday, he became the 41st player in franchise history (since 1954) to play in at least 700 games with the club. Last year, he was named the recipient of the 2021 American League Comeback Player of the Year Award and finished as the runner-up in the 36th MLB Home Run Derby behind Pete Alonso of the New York Mets. He was also the Orioles’ 2021 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. He became the fastest player in Orioles history, who began their career with Baltimore, to reach 100 career home runs, doing so in 531 games. Mancini was originally selected by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.