The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the worst MLB teams in recent memory, and that’s not a secret unless you haven’t watched baseball in a while.
Not only they are bad, but they are also very cheap.
When arbitration figures were exchanged a couple of days ago, there was a disagreement between the Orioles and their most iconic player, Trey Mancini.
The slugger asked for $8 million, and the Orioles are only willing to offer $7.375 million.
It sounds petty to argue with one of your best players and a baseball icon after he survived a battle with cancer recently over money, when the whole baseball universe knows a baseball franchise can generate those $625,000 quicker than an Aroldis Chapman pitch.
Baltimore Shouldn’t Be Treating Its Star Like This
MLB writer Gabrielle Starr pointed out at the Orioles’ comically low payroll as one of the reasons they really shouldn’t be trying to anger their star.
“The Orioles are really needling Trey Mancini when their payroll is like $12 AND he came back from beating cancer last year. The ugliest look,” she said.
The Orioles are really needling Trey Mancini when their payroll is like $12 AND he came back from beating cancer last year.
The ugliest look. https://t.co/AyRhQNfxwD
— Gabrielle 🌻 (@gfstarr1) March 23, 2022
After the arbitration hearing between the O’s and Mancini (and those can get ugly), the future of the player in the organization is uncertain.
He will hit the free agent market after the 2022 season, and we all know that the Orioles are not particularly keen on paying a lot of money to players.
Mancini, theoretically still in his prime at 30, hit 21 home runs and slashed .255/.326/.432 last year.
He is capable of much more, and teams could be lining up to make trade offers to the Orioles in the upcoming days.
If he is not traded before the start of the season, there is a chance he is moved around the deadline.
In any case, it doesn’t look like his marriage with the Orioles will be extending soon.