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Orioles' Trey Mancini focused on getting better with glove in 2018

Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is getting set to head south for the winter in an effort to address the area he hopes to improve most in 2018.

A Florida native who has spent the offseason in Washington, D.C., Mancini said last week at the team's OriolesREACH Holiday Party that he'd be going back home to take advantage of the weather, which will allow him to get more work in left field.

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"There's definitely room for improvement, I think," Mancini said. “It's my first year playing the position last year. There's a lot of things, just little things like my reads off the bat, having good jumps and the angles that you take to get at balls. That's the most important thing out there — doing a lot of agility work and get better jumps."

While acknowledging he’s a person who doesn't deal well with the cold and is taking shelter in warmer climates, the 25-year-old outlined an approach to the offseason that he says jibes with the one that helped him climb to the majors after a sterling minor league career.

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"I go into every spring training and offseason with a goal, and that goal is to make a team," Mancini said. "When I was in the minors, it might have been to make High-A out of spring training, for example. That's my goal again, to make the major league team. I'm not doing anything different with my mindset or workouts or anything else."

He's receiving a four-year deal worth about $10.6 million to join the LG Twins of the KBO League, a report says.

That tactic has worked well for him so far. In his first full major league season, Mancini hit .293 with an .826 OPS and 24 home runs, though his slugging percentage fell nearly 100 points in the second half as he and opposing pitchers adjusted to each other.

Even with some problems in the second half, Mancini was one ofthe more consistent players on the Orioles roster and drew praise from veterans for how he handled his ascent to stardom. That's just one aspect of Mancini’s rookie year that he hopes to build on next season.

"Your rookie year is definitely a learning experience," he said. "I probably learned more than anything to use the people around me. Whenever I'm going into a slump or have a question in the outfield, [first base coach Wayne] Kirby is always there. It's not being afraid to go and ask for advice and for help. I'm going to keep doing that and hopefully can have a consistent season."

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