The Orioles’ Trey Mancini was having a late lunch with two teammates yesterday when he realized they would remain his teammates and he would not be traded. So back to his meal and spending time with Chance Sisco and Jace Peterson.
“Thrilled,” Mancini said when the trade deadline passed Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve said the whole time, I want to be here. Like I said, I wasn’t really expecting anything to happen. I would have been pretty surprised. Nice after everything came out around 4:15 or 4:30 for sure. Definitely a good feeling.
“I mean, it’s an honor (to be possibly dealt). You’ve got to look at it that way. It feels good that other teams saw you as being able to help them. That’s a good way to look at it. Even if you’re like me and you love it here and want to be here, it’s still definitely an honor to be in those conversations and have other organizations think highly of you.”
In 101 games, Mancini is batting .282/.344/.534 with an OPS of .878, 24 doubles, two triples, 24 homers and 55 RBIs. If maintained, his OBP, slugging and OPS marks would be career bests. Over his past 13 games, he’s hit seven home runs.
When a contender acquires talent at the trade deadline, it can pump some new energy into a team. Mancini was asked today if the same can result when a team hangs onto its talent, as the Orioles did.
“I think it does,” he said. “Especially with how we played the last month. I was really proud of the way we played. Especially after the middle of June. We had really been scuffling and just not playing good baseball. To turn around and have a good month overall - and do a lot of things right and do a lot of things well - felt good. I’m hoping we can keep that going for the rest of the season. And I’m glad we’re all staying intact to do that and build a lot of momentum going into next year hopefully.”
A few lockers down from Mancini, infielder Jonathan Villar said he, too, was glad to remain an Oriole. It was deadline day last year when Villar was dealt from Milwaukee to Baltimore with Jean Carmona and Luis Ortiz for Jonathan Schoop.
“I’m happy,” Villar said. “Going to a new team, you are starting again. I’m happy because this team wanted me here. I was a little bit nervous yesterday. I couldn’t sleep and was looking at my phone all the time waiting for one call. Everyone told me there was a 99 percent chance to get traded. I was looking at my phone all the time to see if I got traded.”
Villar is batting .263/.325/.418 over 107 games with 13 homers, 70 runs, 23 steals and 47 RBIs. Over the last six games of the road trip, he went 13-for-28 (.464/.516/.714) with two homers, 11 runs, six steals, five RBIs and five multi-hit games.
Villar was asked how he would have felt if a trade had gone through.
“Well, if you go to a new team, it’s the same game,” he said. “Only difference is starting to talk to everybody. I feel happy here because Brandon (Hyde) all the time, they talk to me to, ‘Play how you do. Play happy. Steal bases.’ That’s my game.”