Sources told on Saturday night that Trey Mancini, a free agent first baseman, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt-out clause after the first season.
Mancini, 30, spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Houston Astros last summer. There, he helped the Astros win the World Series on a part-time basis.
In 165 regular-season at-bats, he only hit.176 against the Astros. During the World Series, he made a crucial defensive play at first for the Astros and hit 18 home runs for both teams.
The Astros chose a $250,000 buyout over a $10 million option on Mancini on Nov. 9, less than a week after winning the championship. He hit.239 with 18 home runs, 63 RBIs, and the Orioles and Astros during the regular season.
After the Cubs signed left-handed pitcher Eric Hosmer this week, Mancini is likely to see time at both first base and designated hitter. Additionally, the move indicates that slugging prospect Matt Mervis is likely to begin the season at Triple-A Iowa.
After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2020, Mancini, who had been playing baseball for six years, became a role model for others. In 2021, he went back to the field, and in 2022, he helped the Orioles compete for a playoff spot before being traded.
In 752 games, Mancini has 125 home runs and a.787 on-base percentage.