Athletics acted Sean Manaea to the Padres, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. earlier today, Andy Martino from SNY had tweeted that Oakland had resumed active talks about Manaea. Kevin Acee reports from the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Padres will send two prospects to Oakland in return. By fine sandthe full trade is sean manaea and Aaron vacation for Erubibel Angeles and Adrian Martinez.
A manaea trade has seemed inevitable for quite some time. It was reported prior to the lockout that the A’s planned to move just about any player with significant salary and dwindling team control. When the lockout ended, they made good on those predictions and took action Chris Bassitt to the Mets, Matt Olson to the Braves and Matt Chapman to the Blue Jays. With Manaea going free at the end of this season and earning $9.75 million this year, he was the logical choice as the next man to pack his bag. He will now travel to San Diego and reunite there with manager Bob Melvin, who was another victim of Oakland’s cash shortage when the club allowed him to join the Padres in a pay dump.
The 30-year-old left-hander made his MLB debut in 2016 and immediately established himself with a quality season. In 144 2/3 innings, he posted a 3.86 ERA along with a 20.9% strikeout rate and 6.2% walk rate. He continued to do well throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons before being stalled by shoulder surgery in September 2018. That kept him out of action for about a year when he returned in late 2019. In the abridged 2020 season, he appeared to be back to his old self, throwing 54 innings with a 4.50 ERA. In 2021, he batted another 179 1/3 innings with a 3.91 ERA while taking his strikeout rate to 25.7%, a career high for an entire season.
For the Padres, this bolsters the already very strong rotation that comes with it Yu Darwish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell, Mike Clevinger, Nick Martinez and Chris Paddockalong with emerging options like Reiss Knehr, Ryan weather or MacKenzie Gore. It was just a few days ago reported that the Padres considered acting from that depth of rotation to improve their image in the outfield. The addition of manaea only seems to increase the likelihood of such a deal happening.
Your projected outfield currently consists of Trent Grisham in the center and Wil Meyers right, with the left square occupied by a combination of Jurickson Prof and Matt Beaty. There’s certainly room for improvement over this group, especially for a team hoping to rival the Dodgers and Giants in the AL West, two teams that easily surpassed the 100-win plateau last year. Recent reports had indicated that the club had been in talks with the pirates about a Bryan Reynolds trade, although the final word on that front was that the asking price for Reynolds “unaffordable.”
The Padres were one of two teams, alongside the Dodgers, to pay the luxury tax in 2021. That means they would face escalating penalties if they paid the tax again this year. The new CBA raised the lowest tax limit from $210 million to $230 million, giving the Padres some breathing room as their luxury tax number sat between those two numbers for most of the offseason. Since the signing of this new CBA and the end of the lockout, things have been pretty quiet aside from their takeover Luke you. With the acquisition of Manaea, their luxury tax number is now just over the $233 million mark, the statement said Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez. Perhaps they are willing to pay the tax again, or further trade could allow them to get back under the limit. Rumors have been circulating about her attempts to move for years Eric Hosmer and the four years and $59 million remaining on his deal. Just a few days ago, they appeared to have been in talks with the Mets about such a deal, although those talks have taken place apparently stalled.
For athletics, her fire sale has reduced her 2021 payroll to around $50 million in actual dollars, per roster resource. They haven’t had such a low number since 2008, apart from the 2020 campaign shortened by the pandemic. (Hat tip on Cots baseball contracts.) That number could potentially drop even further if the club signs a deal Frankie Montas or Ramon Laureanoalthough they could also add a veteran for a modest short-term deal like the ones they gave Stefan Vogt and jed lowrie.
The Oakland rotation isn’t just missing Bassitt and Manaea, as James Kaprielian and Brent Honeywell Jr. should start the season on the IL. Montas will be at the head of the group if he’s still there, with Cole Irvin, Daulton Jefferies, Paul Blackburn, Adam Oller and Zach Logue among the options to take the places behind him.
One of today’s acquisitions, Adrian Martinez, is an option to immediately serve as a depth of rotation given he’s on the 40-man roster and made it to the top tiers of minors last year. In 80 2/3 double-A innings, he posted a 2.34 ERA along with a 25.4% strikeout rate and a 7.3% walk rate. He struggled a little on his first taste of triple-A, throwing 44 1/3 innings with his ERA jump to 5.28, along with a 19.9% deflated strikeout rate and an 8.7 walk rate %. He’s only 25 and has options, which means he’s likely up for another stint in Triple-A.
The other part of her return will be more of a long-term play since Angeles is only 19 years old. Last year, he split his time between A-ball and high-A as he lined up at second base, third base and shortstop. In 105 games, his combined slash was .329/.392/.445, for a wRC+ of 125, along with 19 stolen bases. Though the A’s will have to be patient given his age, he could be the real “winner” for Oakland, having been San Diego’s #12 prospect at MLB Pipeline prior to the deal, while Martinez came in at #26.
As well as Manaea, the Padres are also adding some bullpen depth with the acquisition of Holiday. The 21-year-old was picked by the A’s just last year, in the 13th round of the 2021 draft. He has just 5 2/3 innings of professional experience under his belt at this point, having picked up last year in the Complex League . Despite that limited resume, CBS Sports’ RJ Anderson relay that he was hitting over 100 mph on the radar gun this offseason.
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