With the Milwaukee Brewers in need of First Baseman, there is one potential target that makes total sense.
The Orioles won only 54 games last year, and the future looks a whole lot dimmer after Gerrit Cole decided to sign with New York Yankees last night. If Baltimore decides to clean house, Trey Mancini is one name that should be on the radar for the Brewers.
Why target Mancini?
Right now, the Brewers are without a permanent first baseman. Yes, there are many options out there including Ryan Braun and Eric Thames. However, Mancini would be a perfect fit for the Brewers. With the ability to play first base and left field, Mancini has the flexibility the Brewers need.
If the team were to acquire Mancini, they would be able to control him for two years. It really depends on how Baltimore fares in the division this year, but he is a guy to keep your eye on. Mancini has a contract of $5.7 million for the 2020 season followed by two years of arbitration. He is going to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Mancini has been a very consistent player in his last two years. In 2017 he hit 24 home runs and batted in 78 runs. The following year he hit another 24 home runs, but only drove in 58 runs.
This past year, he hit 35 home runs and batted in 97 runs. In 2019, his OPS was .899 and he had an OBP of .364. From 2016-2019, Mancini has played an average of 152 games per season.
Mancini is due for another big year. With a career WAR of 5.9 and an OPS+ of 135, Mancini is a name Brewer fans should get familiar with. He is rising star in Major League Baseball and with the right pieces, Milwaukee could bring him over and fill a roster spot that is desperately needed.