4. Important under-the-radar MLB trades: Trey Mancini to the Astros
It felt like just about every big name that could be available at the trade deadline was connected to the Houston Astros at some point. Willson Contreras, several starting pitchers, and many others were all linked to the club that’s trying to chase down the Yankees for the top spot in the American League.
Though this trade was a bit less under-the-radar than some of the other moves listed, the fact that the Astros were able to land Trey Mancini from the Orioles in a three-team deal is something that could really buoy the club’s offense down the stretch in the regular season and in the postseason.
With Yuli Gurriel’s regression from his monstrous 2021 season, the Astros needed an upgrade at first base. Mancini not only potentially provides that but he also gives the team more versatility with the ability to play both corner outfield spots and slide in as the DH if needed as well.
Mancini has logged five games and 15 plate appearances for Houston to this point and, while he has just three hits, all of them have been of the longball variety, good for seven RBI to his credit as well. He’ll need to be more consistent but we all know he’s capable and this trade could be the move that pushes the Astros to the best record in the AL.