Athletics has switched Sean Manaea to Padres, according to Mark Feinsand from MLB.com. Earlier today, Andy Martino from SNY tweeted that Oakland had resumed active talks on Manaea. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will send two prospects to Oakland in return. By fine sandthe full trade is Sean Manaea and Aaron Holiday for Eruibiel Angeles and Adrian Martinez.
A Manaea trade has seemed inevitable for a while now. It was reported before the lockout that the A’s planned to move almost any player with significant pay and dwindling team control. When the lockout ended, they fulfilled those predictions and swapped Chris Bassitt for the Mets, Matt Olson for the Braves and Matt Chapman for the Blue Jays. As Manaea is heading into free agency at the end of this season and earning $ 9.75 MM this year, he was the logical choice as the next guy to pack his bag. He will now go to San Diego and be reunited with manager Bob Melvin, who was yet another victim of the Oakland scam when the club allowed him to go to the Padres in a wage-dumping move.
The 30-year-old left-back made his MLB debut in 2016 and immediately established himself with a quality season. In 144 2/3 innings, he set an ERA of 3.86, along with a 20.9% strikeout rate and 6.2% walk rate. He continued to pitch well over the 2017 and 2018 seasons before being stopped by shoulder surgery in September 2018. That kept him out of action for about a year when he returned in late 2019. In the abbreviated 2020 campaign he looked to be back to his old self and threw 54 innings with an ERA of 4.50. In 2021, he logged an additional 179 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.91, increasing his strikeout rate up to 25.7% in the process, a career high for an entire season.
For the Padres, this strengthens what was already a very strong rotation that includes Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell, Mike Clevinger, Nick Martinez and Chris Paddack, along with upcoming options like Reiss Knehr, Ryan Weathers or MacKenzie Gore. Just a few days ago, it was reported that the Padres were considering acting from that depth of rotation to improve their outfield image. The addition of Manaea only seems to increase the chances of such an agreement coming together.
Their expected outfield currently consists of Trent Grisham in the middle and Wil Myers in the right, with the left field manned by a combination of Jurickson Profar and Matt Beaty. There is certainly room for improvement over that group, especially for a team hoping to compete with the Dodgers and Giants in AL West, two teams that easily crossed the plateau with 100 wins last year. Recent reports had indicated that the club had spoken to the Pirates about a Bryan Reynolds deal, though the last word on that front was that the offer price for the Reynolds was “prohibitive.”
The Padres were one of two teams that had paid the luxury tax in 2021 along with the Dodgers. That means they would be subject to escalating fines if they had to pay the tax again this year. The new CBA raised the lowest tax line from $ 210MM to $ 230MM, giving the Padres some respite as their luxury tax number has been between these two numbers for most of the offseason. Since the signing of the new CBA and the end of the lockout, they have been pretty quiet, apart from their acquisition of Luke Voit. With the acquisition of Manaea, their luxury tax number is now just over the $ 233MM mark, according to Jason Martinez of Roster Resource. Maybe they are willing to pay the tax again, or further trade may allow them to get back below the line. Rumors have been swirling for years about their attempt to move Eric Hosmer and the four years and $ 59 MM left on his deal. Just a few days ago, they apparently discussed such an agreement with the Mets, even though those conversations have apparently stalled.
For athletics, their brand sales have reduced their payroll for 2021 to about $ 50 MM in actual dollars, per. listeressource. They have not had such a low number since 2008, disregarding the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 campaign. (Hat tip for Cot’s Baseball Contracts.) That number could potentially drop even lower if the club make a deal with Frankie Montas or Ramon Laureano, though they could also add a veteran to a modest short-term deal, like the ones they gave to Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie.
The rotation in Oakland will not only lack Bassitt and Manaea, as James Kaprielian and Brent Honeywell Jr. likely to begin the season in IL. Montas will be at the forefront of the group if he is still nearby, with Cole Irvin, Daulton Jefferies, Paul Blackburn, Adam Oller and Zach Logue among the options to take the seats behind him.
One of today’s acquisitions, Adrian Martinez, is an opportunity to serve as a depth of rotation right away as he is on the 40-man list and reached the highest level of the minors last year. In 80 2/3 Double-A innings, he put up a 2.34 ERA along with a 25.4% strikeout rate and 7.3% walk rate. He struggled a bit in his first taste of Triple-A, throwing 44 1/3 innings with his ERA jump up to 5.28, along with a deflated strikeout rate of 19.9% and 8.7% walk rate. He is only 25 years old and has options, which means he probably has a ticket for additional time in Triple-A.
More on the way.