We look at why Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is the perfect trade candidate for the San Diego Padres this offseason.
I’ve mentioned Trey Mancini as a possible trade candidate for the San Diego Padres in other articles as well, but the more I think about the idea of it happening the more I fall in love with the thought.
And I after my recent article talking about Eric Hosmer being a left-handed platoon player at first base, I started thinking about who would be the perfect platoon partner with him.
That led me back to Trey Mancini.
Of course, this is all predicated on the notion that A.J. Preller is able to move Wil Myers.
But assuming that happens, the Padres should be all-in trying to trade for Mancini as he’d be the perfect partner for Hosmer at first base.
The right-handed Mancini doesn’t have drastic splits as he’s actually hit a little better against righties in his career — .279 to .269. But he’s obviously much better at hitting lefties than Hosmer and can play first base.
In fact, FanGraphs had Mancini with a positive 1.9 UZR at first base in 2019 in almost 450 innings at the position.
That’s a bit surprising as he rates very poorly as a defender in the outfield. But, first base and right field are obviously two very different positions to play.
But you can see the draw in trading for Mancini and what the offensive potential could be with him and Hosmer platooning at first base for an entire season.