Long before he beat cancer, the Orioles’ Trey Mancini had beaten the odds in a more traditional baseball sense. He was the kid that wanted to go a big school in Florida, but they didn’t want him, so he crafted a great career at Notre Dame. He was the kid that was a bit overlooked as an eighth-round draft pick. He was the kid that never was ranked in anyone’s top 100 prospects list.

But he would become the man that blossomed with a breakout big league season in 2019 and has become the face of the Orioles franchise. He was a beloved fan favorite even before his health scare.

There are many reasons for the Orioles to want to keep Mancini as an Oriole for a long time. But is that going to happen?

For the last couple of years, Mancini has had to answer questions about possibly being traded when the trade deadline came around. He has said repeatedly in every possible way that he loves being an Oriole and wants that to continue.

MLBTradeRumors.com listed his projected 2022 salary through arbitration at $7.9 million. Mancini can become a free agent at the end of the 2022 season.