Is Trey Mancini a good option for the Miami Marlins?

Trey Mancini
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The Miami Marlins could use a first base improvement. Garrett Cooper is pretty unreliable as a first baseman, he can't stay healthy and that's the biggest issue with him. When he's healthy he can be an All-Star, but counting on that is pretty silly. The Fish need a more reliable first baseman, so could it be Trey Mancini? Could he be the answer to the first base problem? Or is he not worth it and it's better to just stick with Cooper?

The Miami Marlins could use an upgrade at first base

Trey Mancini is still a free agent and presumably won't cost much more than 1 year/$7-8 million. Mancini's first full season was in 2017 at the age of 25 years old. He batted .293/.338/.488 with 24 home runs and 78 RBI in 147 games and 543 AB for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2018, he batted .242/.299/.416 with 24 home runs and 58 RBI in 156 games and 582 AB. That was a decline in production, but Mancini bounced back in 2019 with a .291/.364/.535 batting lne with 35 home runs and 97 RBI in 154 games and 602 AB.

Sadly, Trey Mancini developed colon cancer and missed the entire 2020 season as a result. He returned in 2021 with a .255/.326/.432 batting line along with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 147 games and 556 AB. In 2022, he batted .239/.319/.391 with 18 home runs and 63 BI in 143 games and 519 AB for Baltimore and the Houston Astros (who traded for him at the trading deadline). Mancini's production fell off a cliff as a bench player in Houston... he batted .176/.258/.364 for them during the regular season and then .048/.125/.048 during the playoffs.

So would Trey Mancini be a good option for the Miami Marlins? Mancini's exit velocity was 89.5 last season so it's not too bad. He hits too many ground balls (48.7% career) but maybe if his price falls to around $4-5 million he can be signed to see if he can get close to his old form or not.

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