Cubs sign Trey Mancini to two-year deal, pitcher designated for assignment
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Cubs sign Trey Mancini to two-year deal, pitcher designated for assignment


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today agreed to terms with first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Trey Mancini on a two-year major league contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. To make room for Mancini on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay has been designated for assignment.

Mancini, 30, was a 2017 American League Rookie of the Year finalist, the 2021 A.L. Comeback Player of the Year and a 2022 World Series champion during his six-year major league career with the Orioles (2016-22) and Astros (2022). The right-handed hitter has batted .265 (746-for-2,816) with 144 doubles, 11 triples, 125 home runs, 372 RBI and a .787 OPS in 752 career major league games. He has hit at least 18 home runs in all five of his full major league seasons, including 20-or-more in four (2016-19, 2021).

Mancini won his first career World Series championship in 2022 with the Astros, as he split the campaign between Baltimore and Houston. Combined between the two clubs, he batted .239 (124-for-519) with 23 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 143 games. Mancini was traded to Houston on Aug. 2 as part of a three-team, five-player trade with Tampa Bay.

The six-foot, three-inch Mancini made his major league debut with Baltimore in 2016, becoming the ninth player in Orioles history to homer for his first major league hit and third player in major league history (since 1913) to hit a home run in each of his first three major league starts (Sept. 20-24). During his first full major league season in 2017, he was named an A.L. Rookie of the Year finalist after hitting .293 (159-for-543) with 26 doubles, four triples, 24 home runs and 78 RBI in 147 games.

In 2019, Mancini enjoyed a career year and was named the Orioles’ Most Valuable Player after led the club in doubles (38), home runs (35), RBI (97), extra-base hits (75), total bases (322), on-base percentage (.364), slugging percentage (.535) and OPS (.899). Mancini became the seventh player in Orioles franchise history to record a season of at least 35 doubles and 35 home runs, while being one of six players in the major leagues to accomplish that feat in 2017. From Sept. 16-22, he earned his first career Player of the Week award, going 12-for-26 (.462) with four doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

On June 28, 2020, Mancini was placed on the 60-day injured list and missed the entire 2020 season due to recovery from Stage 3 colon cancer surgery. He completed chemotherapy in November of 2020 and was declared cancer free. Prior to the 2021 season, he launched the Trey Mancini Foundation, which works to support those who are facing illness, empowers those suffering from emotional trauma and provides assistance to those experiencing hardship.

A Winter Haven, Fla. native, Mancini graduated from Winter Haven High School (Fla.) and attended the University of Notre Dame. He was selected by Baltimore in the eighth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Kay, 27, was claimed off waivers from Toronto, Dec. 23, 2022. In parts of four major league seasons with the Blue Jays, he is 4-2 with a 5.48 ERA (43 ER/70.2 IP) in 28 games (seven starts).

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