The Baltimore Orioles of course were without Trey Mancini for the entirety of the 2020 season. Well, save for perhaps a few spring training games – if you count that. Mancini of course underwent treatment for colon cancer, keeping him away from baseball activities for the entire year. Or the semblance of the year, at least.
But now that we’re in 2021, he’ll be back. The Birds tendered him a contract last month, however they still had to agree on a salary for the season, unless they wanted to go to arbitration. Luckily, it appears that neither side wanted that.
Mancini and the Orioles agreed earlier today on a salary of $4.75 million for 2021. As I’ve said in the past, I would submit that arbitration is one of the most damaging and ridiculous processes through which a player and a team can go. It causes nothing but ill feelings on both sides, and generally the sides are only arguing in principle over a couple hundred thousand dollars. Chump change in the baseball world.
But the good news is that Mancini and the club decided to stay away from that route. Hopefully that makes for a smooth camp for Mancini, and an even smoother transition back into the regular season.