The rumors on Oakland A’s lefty Sean Manaea kicked back up this morning – a last-minute push to get a deal done before the season opens – and while I thought I trade might happen, I sure as HECK did not see this being the acquiring team.
The PADRES have acquired another starting pitcher:
Left-hander Sean Manaea has been traded to the San Diego Padres, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 3, 2022
Manaea, 30, is a one-year guy at $9.75 million, hitting free agency after this season.
This is just weird. Truly weird. Sure, there’s the Bob Melvin connection, and sure the Padres struggled badly with starting pitching issues last year. But the Padres were trying to trade AWAY an arm yesterday in Chris Paddack! Now, that deal failed, and they’re adding a high-cost, sure-fire starting pitcher? There has to be more going on. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can see the lengthy write-up I published about the failed Mets-Padres trade (and the Cubs implications) just as this news dropped.
UPDATE: It’s just a pretty typical prospect-for-player trade:
Full trade, per source: Oakland gets Euribiel Angeles and Adrian Martinez, San Diego gets Sean Manaea and Aaron Holiday.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 3, 2022
So … what the heck, right? Either the Padres just decided to say eff it and (1) go over the luxury tax without a care, and (2) add like eight starting pitchers … OR there’s a Hosmer-Paddack deal lined up elsewhere? Or it’s gonna actually go through with the Mets?
SOMETHING right? This just makes no sense.