With the 2021 Baltimore Orioles season set to begin, the Orioles are in the middle of a rebuild that has already seen the team flip Alex Cobb to the Angels for prospect Jahmai Jones. This season, the Orioles will have the opportunity to trade some of their better players as they continue to rebuild their farm system, which currently ranks 7th according to Baseball America.
2021 Baltimore Orioles: Anthony Santander
The 2020 season was a bit of a breakout year for the Orioles young outfielder. Last season, Anthony Santander hit .261 while swatting 11 homers in only 37 games. He also significantly improved his play in the outfield leading to his Gold Glove nomination. This offseason, he entered arbitration for the first time where the Orioles prevailed and set his salary at only $2.1 million for the 2021 season.
While Santander has taken some noticeable steps forward, he still needs to work on his strikeouts while boosting his walks to become more of an impact player. He only walked 10 times last year and will need to improve his batting eye. If Santander continues to improve his batting while proving his defensive growth was legitimate, he could be a hot name around the deadline, as teams are always interested in improving the outfield especially with so many years left on a rookie deal.
Earlier this year, the Marlins expressed an interest in Santander and Cleveland, the Cardinals, and the Red Sox could all be potential suitors.
2021 Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini
The 2021 Baltimore Orioles should receive a significant boost with the return of All-Star Trey Mancini. Last year, Mancini was unfortunately diagnosed with colon cancer and missed the entire season. Fortunately, Mancini’s cancer is in the rearview mirror and he has been able to return to the Orioles. The last time Mancini appeared in the majors, he was finishing a dominant 2019 campaign that saw him crush 35 homers while batting .291.
For his efforts, Mancini and the Orioles agreed on a $4.75 million salary for the 2021 season, making him the second highest paid player on the team. Mancini currently has one year of arbitration left before becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2022 season.
Sadly, it does not appear that the 2021 Baltimore Orioles will be serious playoff contenders before the expiration of his contract. With Mancini turning 29 later this month, he may be focused on securing a big payday or finding a team that is more ready to compete when he hits the open market. As a result, the Orioles could look to deal their star now while he still has a year of control left on his contract to maximize his return.
2021 Baltimore Orioles: Freddy Galvis
This offseason, the Orioles inked Freddy Galvis to a one-year deal to replace Jose Iglesias. Galvis is the perfect candidate for a deadline swap thanks to his low salary and his ability to play multiple positions in the infield and left field. While Galvis has never been a fantastic hitter, he did hit 23 home runs back in 2019 and still grades as an average defender. For Galvis, signing with the Orioles guarantees playing time and the ability to boost his stock for the next offseason.
While Galvis should be dealt at the deadline, he likely won’t bring much back. However, plenty of teams around baseball could use help in the infield and could be interested in dealing for the 2021 Baltimore Orioles shortstop, especially if Galvis can return to his 2019 form. In return, the Orioles could get a lower level prospect and continue to develop their minor league system.
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