2. Trey Mancini
Mancini made an inspiring comeback from colon cancer that sidelined him for the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He has the respect of the entire league, is a treasured clubhouse presence and his leadership would be a tremendous fit on a Padres team whose core comprises of young players just entering their primes.
In two seasons with Baltimore and Houston since beating cancer, Mancini hit .251/.326/418 with 39 home runs and 134 RBI. The 30-year-old’s power numbers plummeted after the Orioles — much to the chagrin of sluggers throughout MLB — expanded Oriole Park’s dimensions, but he’s still capable of hitting between 15-30 home runs and driving in 60-80 runs with a .respectable 340 OBP per season.
The Padres would likely make Mancini their everyday first baseman, but he has the versatility to play both corner outfield positions, allowing Bob Melvin to get creative with his lineup and defensive alignment late in games.
Mancini isn’t the feared slugger he was earlier in is career with Baltimore, but now two full seasons removed from his bout with cancer, Mancini is poised to rebound from a sluggish second half of 2022 and October with the Astros.