The Houston Astros on Monday acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in addition to catcher Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox.
The Mancini deal is a three-team commerce that additionally entails the Tampa Bay Rays. Besides 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).
The Red Sox acquired infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and minor league outfielder Wilyer Abreu from the Astros in change for Vazquez.
Vazquez, 31, has a .759 OPS with 8 residence runs and 42 RBIs this season and can present a right away improve over the Astros present beginning catcher, Martin Maldonado. Vazquez, who might be a free agent subsequent season, had been with the Red Sox since 2014 and was the longest tenured participant in the group.
Vazquez was in the Red Sox lineup Monday at Houston earlier than being scratched simply minutes earlier than the sport. Now, he’ll transfer to the different clubhouse at Minute Maid Park the place he’ll attempt to assist the Astros make one other deep playoff push.
“This is one which I do know hurts in the clubhouse,” Red Sox basic supervisor Chaim Bloom stated. “That’s one thing we do not take frivolously.”
Mancini, 30, is hitting .268 with 10 residence runs and 41 RBIs this season, his sixth with the Orioles (51-51), who’ve stunned this season and are simply three video games out of the American League’s ultimate wild-card spot getting into Monday’s video games.
Mancini has been a vivid spot as the Orioles have gone by way of a tough rebuild. He earned Comeback Player of the Year honors in the American League final yr after lacking the 2020 season to be handled for stage 3 colon most cancers.
Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde stated Mancini could be robust to switch on and off the subject and that the dialog about the commerce was tough.
“Trey has been such an vital a part of our lives right here currently, since I’ve been right here, and a giant a part of Baltimore and a giant a part of this group,” Hyde stated. “And you realize it is exhausting to see somebody like him go, only a shut buddy to so many individuals.
“It wasn’t enjoyable, however pleased for him and the alternative he’ll have, but it surely’s exhausting 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 at all times stated I needed to see the rebuild by way of and I really feel like, in quite a lot of methods, I’ve,” Mancini advised reporters in Arlington, Texas the place the Orioles have been enjoying the Rangers on Monday night time. “I feel issues are solely going to get higher right here, and apart from when I’m enjoying towards them, I’m at all times 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 in the marketplace 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 in the lineup at designated hitter 51 instances this season, may additionally 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 choice for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.
Siri, 27, is hitting .178 with three residence runs and 10 RBIs in 147 plate appearances in the majors for the Astros this season, and .296 with 9 homers and 22 RBIs at Triple-A. To make room for him on their 40-man roster, the Rays designated outfielder Brett Phillips for task. Phillips, 28, who had a walk-off hit for the Rays in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, 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 High-A Bowling Green this season. He would possibly 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 High-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 is ranked as the Astros’ No. 12 prospects by Baseball America.
Abreu, 23, is batting .249 with a .858 OPS in 89 video games with Corpus Christi. He is ranked as the Astros’ No. 21 prospects by Baseball America.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.