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Astros get O’s Mancini, Pink Sox’s Vazquez

Astros get O’s Mancini, Pink Sox’s Vazquez

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The Houston Astros acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in addition to catcher Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox.

The Mancini deal, introduced Monday by the Astros, is a three-team commerce that additionally concerned the Tampa Bay Rays. Apart from Mancini, the Astros acquired minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from the Rays, who’re buying outfielder Jose Siri from Houston. The Orioles acquired minor league right-handers Seth Johnson (from the Rays) and Chayce McDermott (from Houston).

To make room for Siri on their 40-man roster, the Rays designated outfielder Brett Phillips for project.

The Pink Sox acquired infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and minor league outfielder Wilyer Abreu from the Astros in trade for Vazquez.

Vazquez, 31, has a .759 OPS with 8 residence runs and 42 RBIs this season and can present a direct improve over the Astros present beginning catcher, Martin Maldonado. Vazquez, who will likely be a free agent subsequent season, had been with the Pink Sox since 2014 and was the longest tenured participant within the group.

Mancini, 30, is hitting .268 with 10 residence runs and 41 RBIs this season, his sixth with the Orioles (51-51), who’ve shocked this season and are simply three video games out of the American League’s last wild-card spot coming into Monday’s video games.

Mancini has been a shiny spot because the Orioles have gone by a tough rebuild. He earned Comeback Participant of the Yr honors within the American League final yr after lacking the 2020 season to be handled for stage 3 colon most cancers.

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Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned Mancini can be powerful to interchange on and off the sector and that the dialog concerning the commerce was tough.

“Trey has been such an necessary a part of our lives right here the final, since I have been right here, and an enormous a part of Baltimore and an enormous a part of this group,” Hyde mentioned. “And it is onerous to see somebody like him go, only a shut buddy to so many individuals.

“It wasn’t enjoyable, however joyful for him and the chance he will have, however it’s onerous to say goodbye.”

Mancini broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016 and batted .270 with 117 homers and 350 RBIs in 701 video games with the Orioles.

“I all the time mentioned I needed to see the rebuild by and I really feel like, in a number of methods, I’ve,” Mancini advised reporters in Arlington, Texas the place the Orioles have been taking part in the Rangers on Monday evening. “I feel issues are solely going to get higher right here, and in addition to once I’m taking part in towards them, I am all the time gonna be rooting for these guys in right here.”

Mancini joins an already formidable lineup for the Astros (67-36), who’re atop the AL West standings. Houston was available in the market for a primary baseman with Yuli Gurriel struggling this season. The 38-year-old Gurriel hit .319 to win the American League batting title in 2021, however has hit simply .243 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this yr.

Mancini, who has been within the lineup at designated hitter 51 occasions this season, additionally may fill that function for Houston with Michael Brantley out indefinitely with a shoulder damage.

Mancini has a $7.5 million wage this season as a part of a contract that features a $10 million mutual possibility for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.

Siri, 27, is hitting .178 with three residence runs and 10 RBIs in 147 plate appearances within the majors for the Astros this season, and .296 with 9 homers and 22 RBIs at Triple-A.

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Phillips, 28, who had a walk-off hit for the Rays in Sport 4 of the 2020 World Sequence, was struggling this season, hitting simply .147 with 5 homers and 14 RBIs.

Murray, 24, who’s pitching at Triple-A Durham, is 8-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 17 appearances (16 begins) at two ranges of the Rays’ minor league system.

Johnson, 23, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven begins for Excessive-A Bowling Inexperienced this season. He may miss all of subsequent season due to Tommy John surgical procedure.

McDermott, 23, is 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 19 appearances (10 begins) for Excessive-A Asheville this season.

Valdez, 23, is batting .327 with a 1.016 OPS in 82 video games for Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Sugar Land. He’s ranked because the Astros’ No. 12 prospect by Baseball America.

Abreu, 23, is batting .249 with a .858 OPS in 89 video games with Corpus Christi. He’s ranked because the Astros’ No. 21 prospect by Baseball America.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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