Good morning, Birdland!
I like Trey Mancini. I like him a whole lot! He’s a talented baseball player; one of the Orioles’ very best. And he has taken up the mantle of “veteran leader” left vacant by Adam Jones’s departure last offseason. From buying the spring training Popeye’s to hosting the Purple Tailgate this weekend, Mancini is all in on his new role. That’s cool and only adds to his standing as “Fan Favorite.”
But if the recent decision to put infielder Jonathan Villar on waivers has taught us anything it’s that we shouldn’t get too attached to any one player. However, for whatever reason, things do seem to be different when it comes to Mancini.
The Notre Dame alum has unofficially been on the trading block since last summer’s deadline, and yet there have been no murmurs that the Orioles were even remotely close to dealing him. General manager Mike Elias actually said that the team is “not looking to part” with Mancini in June and then in November went as far as to say “I hope he’s here. We love having him.” Elias, as the GM, has total control of that, so it sure sounds like Mancini is staying put for now.
This would be a welcome…