Mike Elias is never going to back away from "the plan."
The Orioles' general manager will listen to trade offers for any player on the current roster and he is not afraid to make a deal if it will benefit the long-term health of the club.
Elias spoke with the media in the Orioles' dugout for almost 20 minutes prior to the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays June 11 and outlined an array of topics, ranging from the recent MLB draft, the current state of the club and the future.
Elias was asked point blank if he'd be willing to part with outfielder Trey Mancini by this year's trade deadline July 31, and he provided a mixed response.
"We're not looking to part with Trey," Elias said. "That said, we're open to anything. We do have our sights set on the future a little bit. If we end up making some trade transactions with him or any player, and we feel what we're getting back is better for the organization than what we're giving up, then we're going to listen on it. But he's an integral part of this team, and we hope he's around for a while."
Mancini has become the face of the franchise and is the team's most productive hitter. He is batting .298/.352/.536 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs. Mancini is eligible for arbitration following this season but under team control until 2023.
"He's the best player on our team right now," Elias said. "Sure-fire All-Star in my eyes. Great in the clubhouse, home runs, hitting for average, you name it. We're not looking to part with Trey. That said, as I've said all along, we're open to anything."
The Orioles could offer Mancini a contract extension rather than trading him. He is making $575,500 this season, according to Baseball Reference. It's a bargain considering his production and leadership in the clubhouse.
"That would be something that I think would take both parties to be mutually beneficial," Elias said regarding an extension, "but who wouldn't want a player like him around for the long haul?"
The Orioles have several other valuable trade chips, namely pitchers Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner and Mychal Givens and infielder Jonathan Villar. Losing any of those players would hurt the franchise in the short term, but again, this season is all about building for the future.
"There is nobody we're going to push out the door, but we'd be foolish not to entertain future value, especially for players who might not be with us next year because their contracts are up," Elias said. "We're going to be listening. My phone is on."
In addition, Elias is still optimistic the team will sign No. 1 pick Adley Rutschman. For now, he's going to let the 21-year-old catcher focus on final exams and enjoy the postseason award circuit. That includes the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the best amateur baseball player in the United States, and the Dick Howser Trophy, bestowed to the national college baseball player of the year.
"Sometimes it's best to let the players participate in those types of things prior to deeply engaging," Elias said. "But everything is going to go smoothly there, is my expectation."