Texas Rangers: Five trade targets remaining this offseason

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs warms up prior to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 09: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs warms up prior to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field on July 09, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 06: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 06: Trey Mancini #16 of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 6, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

1B/OF Trey Mancini (Baltimore Orioles)

Like Bell, Mancini would represent a legitimate upgrade at first base for the Rangers and works as a long-term option. Mancini, 27, currently plays for a rebuilding Baltimore Orioles club that is set to see their return to competition take up the majority of his remaining team control which won’t see him hit free agency until after the 2022 season.

Unlike Bell, the Orioles slugger could be a defensive plus at first base finishing the 2019 season with a 6.5 UZR/150 in just under 450 innings at the position. He spent most of last season in right field for the O’s but with Joey Gallo locked in there for the foreseeable future, it would make sense for Mancini to slot in at first base long-term.

His bat was excellent last year hitting .291 with an .899 OPS and 35 homers while finishing the year with a 3.6 fWAR. That’s with his defensive being a detracting factor in his value because the majority of his time came in right where he was a defensive negative. He’s a right-handed bat, that like Bell, would compliment Joey Gallo very nicely in the heart of the Rangers order.

He would likely come at a bit of a premium like Bell, as he is fresh off his career best year. He also is one of the few marketable assets that the Orioles have meaning they will want to squeeze every bit of value possible out of any trade. He would take some top prospects but the upgrade could help the Rangers continue their push to being a competitive, playoff contending team.

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