The Washington Post
Astros acquire Mancini in three-team deal
The Houston Astros acquired first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles in a three-team trade Monday, then added catcher Christian Vázquez from the Boston Red Sox.
Houston moved speedy outfielder Jose Siri to the Tampa Bay Rays in the trade that netted Mancini.
The American League West-leading Astros were in the market for a first baseman with Yuli Gurriel struggling this season. The 38-year-old Gurriel hit .319 to win the AL batting title in 2021, but he has hit just .243 with seven homers and 28 RBI this year.
Mancini, who has been in the lineup at designated hitter 51 times this season, also could fill that role for Houston with Michael Brantley out indefinitely because of a shoulder injury.
The 30-year-old Mancini is hitting .268 with 10 homers and 41 RBI in 92 games this season. He broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016 and batted .270 with 117 homers and 350 RBI in 701 games with the Orioles.
Houston also received minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from Tampa Bay. The Astros sent Siri to the Rays and minor league right-hander Chayce Mcdermott to the Orioles.
The 27-year-old Siri made his big league debut last year. He hit .178 with three homers and 10 RBI in 48 games with Houston this season.
Mancini has a $7.5 million salary this season as part of a contract that includes a $10 million mutual option for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.
The Astros also needed depth at catcher with Jason Castro, the backup to Martín Maldonado, out with a knee injury and rookie Korey Lee filling in. Maldonado has been credited for aiding the success of Houston’s mostly young pitching staff, but he’s hitting just .173 this season, making Vázquez a significant upgrade offensively.
The 31-year-old Vázquez is hitting .282 with eight homers and 42 RBI this season. In an eight-year career with the Red Sox, he has batted .262 with 54 homers and 266 RBI.
Minor league infielder Enmanuel Valdez and outfielder Wilyer Abreu head to Boston. . . .
The San Diego Padres acquired allstar closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for recently benched closer Taylor Rogers, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser.
Hader, the NL reliever of the year three times in the past four seasons, has a career-high 4.24 ERA after enduring one of his worst slumps just before the all-star break, though he still has blown only two of his 31 save opportunities. The 28-year-old is making $11 million this year and can become a free agent after 2023.
Rogers, who can become a free agent after the season, is 1-5 with a 4.35 ERA and 28 saves in 35 chances. The Padres removed him from the ninth-inning role after he blew consecutive opportunities in a series at Detroit last week.
Lamet has struggled this year, with an 0-1 record and 9.49 ERA in 13 games. Ruiz, 23, hit well at Class AA and Class AAA this year but was batting .222 in 14 games with San Diego. . . .
The New York Yankees bolstered their pitching staff, obtaining starter Frankie Montas and reliever Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics for rookie left-hander J.P. Sears and three minor leaguers: left-hander Ken Waldichuk, right-hander Luis Medina and infielder Cooper Bowman.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees got Scott Effross, a 22-year-old rookie reliever, from the Chicago Cubs for Hayden Wesneski, a 24-year-old minor league right-hander.
Montas, a 29-year-old right-hander, is 4-9 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts. He has a $5 million salary this year and can become a free agent after 2023.
Trivino, a 30-year-old right-hander, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA and 10 saves in 13 chances. He has a $3 million salary and has two more years of team control after 2022. . . .
The Pittsburgh Pirates traded lefthander José Quintana to the St. Louis Cardinals for reliever Johan Oviedo and infield prospect Malcom Nunez.
The 33-year-old Quintana, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Pirates, has reestablished himself as a starter, going 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 games.
Oviedo, 24, is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 games this season, with all but one coming out of the bullpen. . . .
The Chicago White Sox acquired left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Red Sox for catcher Reese McGuire and a player to be named or cash.
Diekman, 35, is 5-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 44 appearances this season. His contract carries $3.5 million salaries this year and next and a $4 million team option for 2024.
Mcguire, 27, batted .225 with 10 RBI in 53 games with Chicago.
The Red Sox also acquired left fielder Tommy Pham from Cincinnati for a player to be named later or cash. The 34-year-old is hitting .238 with 11 homers and 39 RBI and ranks third among left fielders with seven assists. . . .
The Kansas City Royals made a pair of moves to add to their organizational pitching depth, acquiring left-hander Anthony Misiewicz from the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations and right-hander Luke Weaver from the Arizona Diamondbacks for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera. . . .
The Rays acquired left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league outfielder Germán Tapia.