Detroit Tigers should give Trey Mancini some thought.
The Detroit Tigers will be busy this off-season, figuring out what players will fit best to help change the landscape moving forward. But, for the Tigers, this will require some thought, figuring out which players will best suit the team.
One of the things that Scott Harris said he wants to do during his press conference at the General Manager Meetings in early November is find a right-handed hitting outfielder in free agency. There's a plethora of them out there; the Detroit Tigers just have to find the right one.
The Tigers should consider Trey Mancini to help batten down the hatches in the outfield. Plus, with his positional versatility, it allows them to gain depth in the infield as well. While Mancini's glove is better served at first base, it's not exactly like Austin Meadows is totally known for his defense.
It's a bit of a sacrifice to put Mancini out there, but it would allow them to add another right-handed bat. The 30-year-old free agent also could log time at first base as needed. With a potential addition to Spencer Torkelson's positional versatility being in the cards, so it seems an extra body for first base may not be horrible.
Mancini has spent the last six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles organization. He was traded to the Houston Astros at the trade deadline and helped them to an eventual World Series championship they capped off at the end of October.
He may not have been the usual slugger self he can be with the Astros, but he was a part of the team and earned himself a World Series ring. Mancini missed the 2020 season while undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
After a hard-fought battle, Mancini made a triumphant return to the field and continues to be a class act off the field. Mancini is someone the Tigers could add that would also benefit the team's clubhouse.
In 2022, Mancini played in 143 games between his time in Baltimore and Houston. He slashed .239/.319/.391 with 23 doubles, a triple, and 13 home runs. He managed 63 RBI. Taking it a step further, on his Baseball Savant account, you can see a bigger picture.
Mancini can hit the ball with some real force; he's notorious for being near the top of the league for the max exit velocity. Beyond that, his barrel percentage was in the 66th percentile. While there is always room to improve, but his rankings against the fastball were elite in 2022.
The right-handed bat is able to hunt fastballs and have success in doing so. He's produced a run value of 14 against four-seamers. While the Tigers will have decisions to make this off-season, they should consider Mancini.
After all, he's going to bring a benefit with his bat. Beyond that, he'd be a benefit to the clubhouse and easily likable player for the community. Mancini has positional versatility and leaves reasons to like him. The Tigers need to give him some thought as they comb through options this off-season.