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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where Trey Mancini is the face of the Orioles

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Things are still going slow in MLB over the Thanksgiving break.

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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 development following the Villar news, and the two situations are a bit different so it isn’t quite fair to compare the two. Mancini is under team control for three more seasons. Villar is a free agent after 2020. Mancini is projected to make $5.7 million in 2020. Villar would make north of $10 million in arbitration. Regardless, it will be nice to have a familiar face in place on Opening Day 2020.

Links

Mancini ready to host Purple Tailgate - School of Roch
This was an Adam Jones event in the past, and the outfielder is making overtures that he could possibly stop by this year. Either way, it should be a cool event ahead of what may be the biggest Ravens game of the season.

Three Possible AL Landing Spots For Dylan Bundy - Birds Watcher
Dylan Bundy needs to go to a pitcher-friendly park where he can get away with a few more fly balls. His problem every season is the home runs. Camden Yards and the stadiums of the AL East do not help. Pitching in a place like Oakland could revitalize his career.

Top 25 Offseason Trade Candidates - MLB Trade Rumors
Two Orioles made the list, and then another was mentioned as an additional consideration. You can likely guess who all of them are. No where to be seen is Hanser Alberto, which clashes with that weird story from a couple of months back that said he could be a hot commodity over the winter.

Could the St. Louis Cardinals be in on Dylan Bundy? - Redbird Rants
Sure, why not? Make an offer!

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Current Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart is 26 years old today. The former first-round pick is still fighting for his spot at the major league level, and will need a big spring to break through following a .238/.317/.381 batting line across 142 plate appearances in 2019.

Mark Lewis, an O’s infielder for 71 games in 2000, turns 50. Lewis hit .270/.322/.411 and compiled -0.3 bWAR that season.

1889 - The Orioles leave the American Association in order to join the Atlantic Association.

1959 - In a trade with the San Francisco Giants, the O’s add pitcher Gordon Jones, outfielder Jackie Brandt and catcher Roger McCardell in exchange for pitchers Billy Loes and Billy O’Dell.

2000 - Free agent pitcher Mike Mussina departs the Orioles, signing a six-year, $88.5 million with the New York Yankees.