The Houston Astros acquire Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles and catcher Christian Vasquez from the Boston Red Sox.

The Houston Astros acquired the first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini From the Baltimore Orioles and catchers Christian Vasquez From the Boston Red Sox.

The Mancini deal, announced by the Astros on Monday, was a three-team trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to Mancini, the Astros acquired minor league right-hander Jayden Murray from the Rays, and they are getting outfielder Jose Siri from Houston. The Orioles acquired minor league right-handers Seth Johnson (from the Rays) and Chaise McDermott (from Houston).

To make room for Sear on the 40-man roster, the Rays designated the outfielder Brett Phillips for work.

The Red Sox received infielder/outfielder Emmanuel Valdez and minor league outfielder Willier Abreu from the Astros in exchange for Vasquez.

Vasquez, 31, has a .759 OPS with 8 home runs and 42 RBIs this season and would provide an immediate upgrade over the Astros current starting catcher. Martin Maldonado. Vasquez, who will be a free agent next season, has been with the Red Sox since 2014 and is the longest tenured player in the organization.

Mancini, 30, is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs this season, his sixth with the Orioles (51-51), who have been surprising this season and are within three games of the American League’s final wild-card spot. Monday’s games.

Mancini has been a bright spot as the Orioles have gone through a difficult rebuild. He earned American League Comeback Player of the Year honors last year after missing the 2020 season to receive treatment for stage 3 colon cancer.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said it would be difficult to replace Mancini on and off the field and talk of a trade was difficult.

“Since I’ve been here, Trey has been a big part of our lives from a big part of Baltimore and a big part of this community,” Hyde said. “You know it’s hard to see someone like him, a close friend to so many.

“It’s not fun, but it’s nice for him and the opportunity he’s going to have, but it’s hard to say goodbye.”

Mancini broke into the majors with Baltimore in 2016 and batted .270 with 117 homers and 350 RBIs in 701 games with the Orioles.

“I’ve always wanted to see a rebuild, and in a lot of ways, I feel that way,” Mancini told reporters in Arlington, Texas, where the Orioles played the Rangers on Monday night. I’m going to do well here, and when I play against them, I’m always rooting for these guys here.

Mancini joins an already strong lineup for the Astros (67-36), who are atop the AL West standings. Houston was in the market for a first baseman Yuli Kuriel Struggles this season. The 38-year-old Curiel hit .319 to win the American League batting title in 2021, but is hitting just .243 this year with seven homers and 28 RBIs.

Mancini, who has been in the designated hitter lineup 51 times this season, could fill that role for Houston. Michael Brandley Out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

Mancini earned a $7.5 million salary this season as part of a deal that includes a $10 million mutual option for 2023 with a $250,000 buyout.

Siri, 27, is hitting .178 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 147 plate appearances in the Astros majors this season, and .296 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in Triple-A.

Phillips, 28, a walk-off hitter for the Rays in Game 4 of the 2020 World Series, has struggled this season, hitting just .147 with five homers and 14 RBIs.

Pitching at Triple-A Durham, Murray, 24, is 8-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) across two levels of the Rays’ minor league system.

Johnson, 23, is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts for High-A Bowling Green this season. He will miss all of next season due to Tommy John surgery.

McDermott, 23, is 6-1 with a 5.50 ERA in 19 appearances (10 starts) for High-A Asheville this season.

Valdez, 23, is batting .327 with a 1.016 OPS in 82 games for Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Sugar Land. He is ranked as the Astros’ No. 12 prospect by Baseball America.

Abreu, 23, is batting .249 with an .858 OPS in 89 games with Corpus Christi. Baseball America ranked the Astros’ No. He is rated as a 21 prospect.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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