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Astros: 7 Players Who Could Help at the Trade Deadline

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 30: Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, right, and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow chat during battting practice at Minute Maid Park on June 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 04: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles follows through on a strike during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 04: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles follows through on a strike during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 4, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Trey ManciniOF/DH/1B – Baltimore Orioles

Same song, different verse when it comes to a DH/OF role type player to come to Houston. Mancini is in the midst of a career-year on a terrible team.

Slugging a team-leading six home runs and .342 average, Mancini poses as a long-term 1B/DH position player for the Astros, if dealt for. Sitting at his 4th season, Mancini is finally blossoming into the player the Orioles hoped he would be. Only they aren’t in the position to contend.

Mancini’s OBP has inflated from .299 last year to a current .397 and his slugging has bumped up from .416 to .596. This is the type of production the Astros long for. His power will only flourish more in a lineup that is full of star potential. As of 2018, he topped out hitting 24 home runs. The potential for a 30 HR/100 RBI season is not too far off for Mancini.

Mancini has a Hunter Pence (ala-2011) feel to him, in the sense of being a budding young star on a floundering 100 loss team. He is also controllable through 2023 as well. So a good bit of prospects will need to return to Baltimore.

Contract: 1 yr $575 K in 2019 – ARB eligible 2023
Orioles Needs: SP,1B, 2B, 3B, OF, RP, CL, Front Office
Likelihood of happening: Low to “I dare you Luhnow”

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