ARLINGTON, Texas - The trade that sent Trey Mancini to the Astros this afternoon involved three teams.
The Orioles received right-hander Chayce McDermott from the Astros and right-hander Seth Johnson from the Rays. MLBPipeline.com ranked McDermott, 23, as Houston’s No. 12 prospect and Johnson, 23, as the No. 6 prospect for the Rays.
The Orioles also recalled outfielder Yusniel Diaz from Triple-A Norfolk. He's waiting to make his major league debut.
Johnson was the 40th overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Campbell University, which also claims Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins. He’s set to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Johnson made seven starts at high Single-A Bowling Green, allowing nine earned runs in 27 innings with 11 walks and 41 strikeouts.
McDermott was a fourth-round pick in 2021 out of Ball State University. He went 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.389 WHIP in 19 games this season, including 10 starts, with high Single-A Ashville. He walked 43 batters and struck out 114 in 72 innings.
Mancini learned about the trade after taking early batting practice and talking on the phone with fiancée Sara Perlman.
Manager Brandon Hyde called Mancini into his office at Globe Life Park and broke the news.
“I was pretty surprised, to be honest,” Mancini said.
“I wasn’t exactly expecting anything to happen today. I thought if it was going to, it would be tomorrow, more at the deadline, so I was pretty surprised today.
“There are so many emotions and I think it will take a while to really be able to express all of them, but there’s not enough I can say about this organization, the city of Baltimore, what the fans mean to me, what these guys in here mean to me. It’s the only team I’ve been a part of since 2013, and to be a part of things changing for the better this year and see the organization going the way that I’ve been waiting for it to for a long time has been incredible, and I always said I wanted to see the rebuild through. And I feel like in a lot of ways I have. I think things are only going to get better here, and besides when I’m playing against them, I’m always going to be rooting for these guys in here.
“A huge part of me is always going to be an Oriole and a huge part of my heart is always going to be in Baltimore and with the fans there. There’s not enough words for me to describe what the organization means to me.”
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Rougned Odor 2B
Ramón Urías 3B
Terrin Vavra LF
Ryan McKenna RF
Jorge Mateo SS
Spenser Watkins RHP