The Cincinnati Reds have released Trey Mancini according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer. This move comes seven days after he signed a minor league deal with the club. Mancini was released by the Chicago Cubs on August 2nd before signing with the Reds on August 23rd.

Cincinnati immediately sent Mancini to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats. To sort of quote Nuke Laloosh, Mancini announced his presence with authority, homering twice and picking up a double in his Bats debut. He played in four more games after that and went 6-19 (.316) with two doubles, two home runs, no walks, and five strikeouts in his five games played.

It’s possible that Trey Mancini had an opt-out clause for today and that necessitated his release. Otherwise the move seems to be quite the confusing one as Mancini had been performing over the handful of days that he was with the club.

26 Responses

  1. MK

    Started the year getting a Worlld Series ring from Astros and within same year has been released a couple times

  2. LDS

    They should have called him up and taken a shot. Plenty of deadwood on the 40

  3. Doc

    69 wins and counting. 5-5 on a west coast road trip despite the horrible travel issue between Phoenix and SF. And still an entire month left to play. Considering all the adversity and playing a team barely out of diapers, this has been an unexpectedly good season.

    • Rob

      Agree. I am still trying to deal with the disappointment of not helping the team at the deadline. Better than expected but management should have helped at the deadline. It could prove fatal as the Dbacks, Cubs, and Brewers have all passed us. Things will look rosier if we take at least 3 from the Cubbies.

      • mac624

        How do you know they didn’t try? I believe they did try but the asking price was too much. Look how fans reacted with Boyle getting traded. People would have lost their minds if Marte was dealt for a rental. While the end of the season has been a bit of a downer, especially with the injuries and the youth not continuing to rake as before, the future in Cincinnati is, for once, really bright. There’s needs that will need to be addressed, but keeping the farm pretty much intact was crucial to long term success in my mind. They did that and still added a really good bullpen piece for 2024. As we’ve seen with the Angels, who traded the farm for nothing, going all in at the deadline has extreme disadvantages that will shape the future of your franchise in a very negative way. I like where we sit, moving forward and for a small market team trying to win and do it consistently, you have to wager toward the future more than the present. It’s not a popular stance, but since we are following the Rays strategy, that’s how they operated when they began to win with youth and players they developed. Seems legit to continue that track this year too.

    • Harry Stoner

      That’s what I know.

      For any Reds’ fan who suffered through 2022, this has mostly been a very watchable season of baseball.

      Yes, I’m a commited critic of Bell, but the enthusiasm and talent of the Young Turks combined with Krall’s willingness to cut our dead wood has been very positive.

      Sure, I would have enjoyed seeing a full season of healthy Greene and Lodolo, but Abbott, Ashcraft and Williamson have been very fun to watch develop.

      All this in spite of Bell’s clear neglect of teaching and demanding basic baseball fundamentals.

      No relief from that in sight.

      I’ve always enjoyed baseball as a nightly diversion, far more than TV, cable or the evening neww. It’s been a far more pleasurable team to follow this season, all the mishaps and expectations aside.

      • ChrisInVenice

        How do you know that Bell & his large staff of coaches as well as other development staff throughout the organization aren’t teaching fundamentals? Because a roster of mostly first or second year players aren’t a well oiled machine?

      • Melvin

        These guys already know the fundamentals of baseball to a large degree after playing all their lives. They may need some refreshing but mostly they need accountability to exercise what they know. Discipline and direction is what’s needed.

  4. VegasRed

    There is no sign of accountability in bell’s management.

    Now I guess we could all just assume there is adequate accountability, despite no outward sign or evidence of such accountability.

    But just relying on blind assumption? Well that seems rather…idk, lacking in accountability? Or something.

    • greenmtred

      What outward signs would you expect to see?

      • Jim Walker

        Fewer TOOTBLANs. Batters not chasing fringe and bad pitches on 2/0, 3/1 counts. Players in proximity to each other in a fly ball or pop situation know and follow the rules of the road for who calls it and let that person make the play. OF hitting cutoff men. IF setting up relays and cutoffs. OF throw low enough to be cutoff. Et al and etc,

      • Pete

        @jim. Great examples. In Bell’s tenure have the Reds played crisp baseball? Watching the top three farm teams I’ve been impressed how well fundamentals are executed. Especially the quality of the at bats.

        What I’m seeing at the MLB level is not consistent with the play in the system. So we are left with: whom do we hold accountable? If anyone…

      • Jim Walker

        @pete>>> I probably sound like a broken record but the various robo ump systems used in the minors make a difference in the batters learning and respecting their strike zone.

      • Pete

        @jim. Couldn’t agree more – seeing is believing. The is no reason in the year 2023 we shouldn’t have a consistent strike zone. The “subjectivity” is ridiculous and unnecessary. I prefer the challenge option to the robo but I could accept either over the status quo.

  5. AMDG

    With offensive studs like Senzel, Hopkins, Siani, and Fairchild on the roster already, it’s not like Mancini was going to get a chance to be promoted.

    But the real question is, when the Reds release a player, does Castelini show up and ask them, “Where you gonna go?”

    • Tom Diesman

      Very true statement since Fairchild and Senzel are already out producing Mancini this season, and Hopkins and Siani are likely to given more than their current miniscule sample sizes in the majors.

  6. SteveAReno

    Mancini performed well at Louisville, and it seemed like he was worth a try given the cold and strike-out prone group to substitute. The mystery of why needs to be solved and I wonder why the media hasn’t ask any questions about it.

    • Jessecuster44

      Because the media are shills for banana Bob

  7. Doc

    I guess it depends upon how one looks at his statistics in an incredibly small sample size. 26% K rate, 0% BB rate. Fortunately, he has a longer track record to examine and his past year is not as promising as his past week has been.

  8. jmb

    If Krall claims Clevenger, Giolitto, and Renfroe he’ll seem like an absolute genius, getting those guys without trading for them!

    • AllTheHype

      Not with the posters here. They will bash FO no matter what. Reality is, you are correct.

  9. R Theryoung

    The Red!s have done a remarkable job
    when you consider they have a winning season with a team of rookies and a staff of rag tag pitchers that seems to change on a weekly basis. Then you throw in the incredible number of
    injuries to key players it’s remarkable.
    Say what you will and think about Bell and his staff, they have worked a miracle