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Close 2022: Astros acquires Baltimore’s Trey Mancini and Boston’s Christian Vazquez in separate deals

Houston, Texas– The Houston Astros acquired first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles and catcher Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Mancini deal, announced Monday by the Astros, is a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to Mancini, the Astros received minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from the Rays, who are taking on Houston outfielder Jose Siri. The Orioles welcomed minor league right-handers Seth Johnson (of the Rays) and Chayce McDermott (of Houston).

To make room for Siri in their 40-man roster, the Rays selected outfielder Brett Phillips.

Mancini, 30, is hitting .268 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs this season, his sixth with the Orioles (51-51), who have surprised this season and are just three games away from the American League’s last wildcard finish The games on Monday.

Vazquez, 31, has a .759 OPS with 8 home runs and 42 RBIs this season and will provide an immediate upgrade over current Astros starting catcher Martin Maldonado. Vazquez, who will be a free agent next season, had been with the Red Sox since 2014 and was the longest-tenured player in the organization.

The Red Sox received infielder/outfielder Enmanuel Valdez and minor league outfielder Wilyer Abreu from the Astros in exchange for Vazquez.

Mancini was a bright spot as the Orioles went through a difficult rebuild. He was named the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year last year after missing the 2020 season to be treated for Stage 3 colon cancer.

He joins an already impressive lineup for the Astros (67-36), who top the AL West standings.

Mancini has a .270 average, 117 homers and 350 RBIs in 701 career games.

Siri, 27, hits .178 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 147 plate appearances in the majors for the Astros this season and .296 with nine homers and 22 RBIs at Triple-A.

Phillips, 28, who had a walk-off hit for the Rays in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, has struggled this season, hitting just .147 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

Murray, 24, who serves at Triple-A Durham, is 8-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) across two tiers of the Rays’ minor league system.

Johnson, 23, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for High-A Bowling Green this season. He could miss all of next season because of Tommy John’s surgery.

McDermott, 23, is 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 19 appearances (10 starts) for High-A Asheville this season.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dais Johnston

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