Braves: Could Trey Mancini be a trade target?

Alex Anthopoulos said he plans to target a left-handed bat at the trade deadline, and so far that has been the main focus of this series. However, I believe a right-handed relief pitcher is quickly becoming an even bigger priority, especially given all the injuries the Braves bullpen has suffered.

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Trey Mancini

Mancini has been one of the best players for the Orioles over the past few years, and he’s someone the Braves have been linked with in the past. However, Baltimore has always been reluctant to move him due to the incredible value he brings to their clubhouse as well as on the field. If I follow the Orioles, I’d definitely try to extend it, but Baltimore is probably still a few years away from competition, and they’re notoriously one of the cheapest teams in baseball.

If the Orioles don’t plan to extend Mancini, they have to trade him. There’s no point in holding him back because they end up falling into the abyss of teams that are knocked out of the playoffs. Mancini shouldn’t be short of suitors, and it would only make sense for the Braves to be interested in him again. Because he’s an imminent free agent, he won’t cost much in terms of prospects, and Mancini could add a lot of versatility to the Braves’ lineup. He can play in the outfield or DH, and he smashes the right-handed throw — even if he hits right-handed — to the tune of an .813 OPS. With Marcell Ozuna continuing to disappoint, I’d love to bring in a guy like Mancini who could at least form a squad with the Big Bear.



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