O’s agree to deal with Trey Mancini, avoid arbitration

One of the most watched and followed storylines for the last year and a half has been Trey Mancini. Would he be signed long-term or be part of a trade to make room for younger talent?

As reported by Dan Connelly of The Athletic, Trey Mancini has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles to avoid arbitration, with a mutual option for 2023.

The contract is for $7.5 million this year, with the option year valued at $10 million. The contract also includes a $250,000 buyout clause.

Mancini jumped into the national spotlight last year returning from stage three colon cancer and turning in a strong performance after being out of baseball for over a year.

Trey made that spotlight shine the brightest when he finished second in the Home Run Derby. From unlikely contestant to runner up, people were watching Mancini not only Stand Up 2 Cancer, but beat it as well.

Mancini would go on and have a strong 2021 season for being out of baseball for an extended time. He would play 147 games, splitting time between first base and designated hitter. Mashing 21 home runs and hitting .255 with 71 RBIs, Mancini proved he was on his way back.

Mancini didn’t just lead on the field; he became the veteran presence needed in a clubhouse full of unproven, young players. Embracing his role, he became a hero to fans everywhere, but even more so in Charm City.

The question now was if the unquestioned team leader was part of the future or another loved bird sent packing for prospects. With arbitration approaching, the chance to see Mancini’s value would be on full display.

While this deal does not prevent a trade, it does secure at least a season’s worth of “Boom Boom” doing what he loves and leading our Orioles as they continue to grow.

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