/* */
Connect with us

A. L. East

“That’s Amore!” Needing Help? Look No Further Than Trey Mancini

The MLB trade deadline is eight days away. Depending on how your league is setup, your league trade deadline is approaching as well. Not only is it a time for MLB playoff contenders to acquire help, but it is also a time for fantasy owners, with playoff aspirations, to solidify positions of need. It’s a given both MLB teams and fantasy owners will be looking to acquire pitching, but both will be looking for a power bat as well. One of the names that I feel could help both sides of the baseball spectrum is Trey Mancini. He’s solidified himself as an offensive force, and if he’s dealt at the MLB deadline, he could be in store for even better numbers down the stretch. This week, I want to focus on the Baltimore slugger in “That’s Amore!” Need Help? Look No Further Than Trey Mancini.

What can be said about Baltimore? They’re at the bottom of the American League East division, they’re on pace for a second-straight 100 loss season, and they’re one game ahead of Detroit for the worst record in Major League Baseball. Only the White Sox, Marlins, and Tigers have scored less runs that the Orioles. Factor in being 22nd in hits, 24th in home runs and batting average, and 27th in on-base percentage and it’s easy to see why there isn’t much ray of sunlight for the Baltimore organization. One bright spot is slugging right-hander Trey Mancini. He’s on pace for a third consecutive season with 24 home runs, and looks destined to see personal bests in home runs, OBP, slugging, and OPS. He’s easily a diamond in the rough, and could provide tremendous depth for MLB and fantasy teams down the stretch.

Looking at Mancini’s three-years splits, he’s been about as consistent as it gets in terms of Pre All-Star and Post All-Star numbers. Two numbers that immediately stick out are his increase in batting average and slugging percentage. He’s seen a dip in Post All-Star walk percentage, but I like the fact his strikeout percentage has gone down Post All-Star. Assuming he’s dealt to a contender, I could see positive trends in relation to his home runs, RBI, and slugging percentages. We are talking about a player who has yet to play on a winning team, and if he’s moved to a contender, the opportunities seem better for him to drive in runs as well as score them.

What teams could be in the mix? I could see the Yankees, Cubs, Twins, Indians, Rays, and Phillies making a play for Mancini. Given his ability to play left field and first base, Mancini would be an upgrade to Cleveland and Philadelphia’s outfield, and at first base for New York, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay. While I believe the Cubs possess Major League-ready talent Baltimore would entertain in a deal, Mancini seems more of a backup plan if they can’t land Detroit’s Nick Castellanos amid rumors. Realistically, I think the teams (New York, Minnesota, Tampa Bay) looking for an upgrade at first base would be the more ideal fit for a trade scenario. New York and Minnesota have better minor league prospects of the list of teams, and both could be looking to upgrade at first base. Given the fact Mancini isn’t eligible for free agency until 2023 (arbitration eligible in 2020), he possesses the control that teams want when acquiring players.

What would the cost be in fantasy baseball? Depending on an owner’s surplus, I could easily see a young pitcher, hitter, and picks involved. If an owner of Mancini is looking to rebuild, I could see mid-level pick(s) being dealt for Mancini. And, if you yourself are a Mancini owner looking to move the slugger, you could easily land some solid pieces in return. If you’re looking to acquire, pick the Mancini owner’s brain and see what they’re looking for. If you’re selling, why not make him available on the message board, and see what the best offer could be?

Even if Mancini isn’t dealt, I like what I’ve seen throughout the season, and in season’s past. It’s amazing what he’s done for a Baltimore team that is anything less than competitive. He’s still getting on base, hitting the long ball, and doing everything in his power to produce. While I’d prefer Mancini’s production while on a competitive team, I still think he’s worth acquiring regardless if he’s dealt or stuck in Baltimore.


I'm a former collegiate and semi-pro baseball player. I underwent successful Tommy John Surgery in 2008, and can give a wide-range of tips on the surgery and rehabilitation. Chicago sports are the love of my life [Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls] as well as Serie A football [Forza Rossoneri!]. 2018 will be my fourth writing for Major League Fantasy Sports, and each season gets better than the previous. 2016 was very emotional for Cubs fans alike. After 108 years, they finally scaled the mountaintop! "Baseball been berry, berry good to me!"

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Help Support Our Growth!

Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #167, 6/23/2019 Host Brian Roach, Jr., Co-Host Cole Freel, Guest Kevin Bzdek

Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #169, 8/4/2019 Host Cole Freel, Guest Joe Iannone

Radio Show Feed

Blog Authors

avatar for Ben WardiBen Wardi

I am a recent college graduate from a small liberal arts school in Atlanta, GA. I'm a sports junkie and a diehard Atlanta sports fan.

avatar for Brandon ZimanBrandon Ziman

Grew up playing baseball since I could hold a bat. Played baseball through high school and college. Somehow became a Yankee fan even though I ...

avatar for Brian Roach, JrBrian Roach, Jr

Baseball fan through and through. Follows every team, every player and every transaction. Graduated Lasell College in 2013. Covers high sc...

avatar for Bryan LuhrsBryan Luhrs

Faith, Family and Fantasy Sports.These are the three words that best describe me. I am a faithful husband and father of 6 amazing children. I ...

avatar for Cole FreelCole Freel

Bachelors in English and History from Indiana University. Borderline-Obsessed Fantasy Baseball Writer who also dabbles in Football, Basketball...

avatar for Corey D RobertsCorey D Roberts

Owner and creator of Major League Fantasy Sports. We will provide you with the best tools to be successful in your leagues no matter if ...

avatar for Geordie EasterbrookGeordie Easterbrook

I’m a former pitcher from upstate New York, and a proud Demon Deacon. Go Deacs! I’ve been playing fantasy football and baseball for the be...

avatar for James WilkJames Wilk

I grew up a Dallas Cowboy's fan in Washington Redskins' country, but I currently reside in Florida. I have played fantasy sports since 1999,...

avatar for Joe IannoneJoe Iannone

I'm an accountant and an amateur writer of fiction and sports commentary, mostly baseball. I've been a student of the game of baseball since...

avatar for Kevin BzdekKevin Bzdek

I've been playing fantasy baseball for 14 years. I am also an auditor and CPA, where I analyze information on a daily basis. Combined, my pas...

avatar for Kyle AmoreKyle Amore

I'm a former collegiate and semi-pro baseball player. I underwent successful Tommy John Surgery in 2008, and can give a wide-range of tips on...

avatar for Mark RushMark Rush

Unrepentant Red Sox fan and all things Boston. Deflategate was a joke. Boston Latin School is awesome. Harvard and Johns Hopkins alma mater...

avatar for Matt BarkmanMatt Barkman

A/S/L...like the old school AOL instant messenger days...
Elementary Physical Education by day, chasing around my 1 and 2 year old boy...

avatar for Mike RiggallMike Riggall

I've been coaching lacrosse since 2002 and playing fantasy football since 2006. I've racked up several championships over the years includi...

avatar for Nick GehlbachNick Gehlbach

Husband and father of three. Have a love of all things baseball. When not burying myself in baseball (especially fantasy) I enjoy fish...

avatar for Todd NevinTodd Nevin

A business analyst by day, pursuing all things baseball by night. My favorite day of the year is opening day and my favorite sound is the crac...

Help Support Our Growth!

More in A. L. East