Today’s post, “Braves and Orioles Hypothetical Trades”, is part 12 in our series focusing on teams that could be sellers or have some expiring contracts that could be attractive options for the Braves. If you’re just catching up, here are the previous 11 pieces:
- Braves and Reds Hypothetical Trade
- Braves and Cubs Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Rockies Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Diamondbacks Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Indians Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Royals Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Rangers Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Mariners Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Red Sox Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Tigers Hypothetical Trades
- Braves and Pirates Hypothetical Trades
Well, they weren’t the worst. In the race to the number 1 draft pick, the Orioles finished tied for 5th. Fortunately, being bad has been their forte. I’d even go as far as they’re downright excelling at sucking. Yes, 25 wins is 60 games is bad, but not near as bad as 54 or 47 in 162. The Orioles have had 4 straight years year of finishing 4th or 5th in their division. Fortunately, the draft rewards teams that suck by giving them high draft picks and the Orioles are building a pretty decent farm system. Unfortunately for them, the farm isn’t likely ready to produce in 2021 and 2022 might be a long-shot as well. Still, they’ll get another high draft pick in 2021 and they’ve finally decided to actually invest into the international market, so 2023 could be the year to come out of the cellar.
Trade Value of Anthony Santander
What do you do when you’re a bottom of the barrel team and you have a player that kind of came out of nowhere in 2019, built on it in a shortened season in 2020, and has 4 years of team control left? You sell. You freaking sell. Santander’s trade value comes in at $20.2MM.
Trade Value of Trey Mancini
In March of 2020, Mancini was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. After having the malignant tumor removed, Mancini is cancer free and has said he’ll be ready to go for Spring Training. That’s great news for the 29 year old, whose 2019 was a real breakout and now he’ll be looking to return to form after a full year off. While the bat plays, the glove does not. He’s a first baseman that’s been moonlighting as a corner OFer. Even with the forced year off, Mancini’s trade value comes in.at $12.3MM and he’s controlled through 2022.
Fake Trade Number 1
This is tempting. On one hand, Shewmake could be the SS that takes over for Dansby Swanson when that time comes and uses his glove and bat to be a good super-utility until that time. On the other, he might never become either. I like Tucker Davidson a whole heck of a lot and I think he’s got real starter potential, but it costs to get talent and the Braves are rich in pitching.
Fake Trade Number 2
- Braves get Trey Mancini
- Orioles get Kyle Muller
Breakdown: I’d do this. Mancini isn’t much of a glove and there’s obviously some chance that he never comes back to full health, but having that RH thumper in the lineup is a must for the Braves and Muller, while very talented, is hard to predict.
Thanks for reading Braves and Orioles Hypothetical Trades. Thoughts?