1B Trey Mancini signs two-year deal with Cubs

CHICAGO – Free agent first baseman Trey Mancini has agreed with the Chicago Cubs on a two-year deal that includes an opt-out clause after the first season, sources told ESPN on Saturday night.

Mancini, 30, spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded last summer to the Houston Astros, where he played a part-time role in their run to the World Series title.

He struggled with the Astros, hitting just .176 in 165 at-bats in the regular season. He hit 18 home runs split between the two teams and made a key defensive play at first for the Astros during the World Series.

On November 9, less than a week from winning the title, the Astros declined a $10 million option on Mancini in favor of a $250,000 buyout. During the regular season with the Orioles and Astros, he hit .239 with 18 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Mancini is likely to see time at first base and DH after the Cubs signed the left-hander Eric Hosmer this week. The move also means first base prospect Matt Mervis is likely to start the season at Triple-A Iowa.

Mancini, a six-year veteran, became an inspirational figure in baseball after he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2020. He returned to the diamond in 2021 and then helped the Orioles compete for a playoff spot in 2022 before to be exchanged.

Mancini has 125 home runs and a .787 OPS in 752 career games.

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