Houston, Texas — The Houston Astros have acquired first baseman/defender Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles as well as catcher Christian Vasquez of the Boston Red Sox, sources Jeff Bassan of ESPN reported.
The Mancini deal, announced Monday by the Astros, is a three-team trade that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays. Besides Mancini, the Astros received minor league right-back Jayden Murray from the Rays, who acquired backstop Jose Seri from Houston. The Orioles welcomed Seth Johnson (of the Rays) and Chayce McDermott (of Houston) from the minor league.
To make room for Siri on their 40-man roster, the Rays assigned defensive player Brett Phillips for the assignment.
Mancini, 30, has scored a 0.268 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI this season, his sixth with the Orioles (51-51), who have stunned this season and are just three games away from the last MLS place. Monday matches.
Vazquez, 31, has a .759 OPS with 8 home runs and 42 RBI this season and will provide an immediate upgrade over the Astros’ current starting catcher, Martin Maldonado. Vazquez, who will be a free agent next season, has been with the Red Sox since 2014 and was the organization’s tallest player.
The Red Sox welcome back Emmanuel Valdez and Min-League player Willer Abreu from the Astros for Vasquez.
Mancini was a bright spot as the Oriole went through a difficult rebuilding process. He was named MLS Player of the Year last year after missing the 2020 season to receive treatment for stage three colon cancer.
Join an already formidable squad of Astros (67-36), who are topping the AL West standings.
Mancini has a .270 average, 117 home runs, and 350 RBIs in 701 career games.
Seri, 27, has netted a .178 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 147 board appearances in a major for the Astros this season, and .296 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in Triple-A.
Phillips, 28, who hit the Rays in Game 4 of the 2020 World Championships, has been struggling this season, coming in at just 0.147 with five reps and 14 RBI.
Murray, 24, who plays for Triple-A Durham, is 8-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) over two levels of the Rays minor league system.
Johnson, 23, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for High-A Bowling Green this season. He may miss the whole next season due to Tommy John’s surgery.
McDermott, 23, 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 19 appearances (10 starts) for High-A Asheville this season.
Jeff Bassan of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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