The A's Are Trading Sean Manaea ... to the Padres?! (UPDATE)

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The A’s Are Trading Sean Manaea … to the Padres?! (UPDATE)

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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:

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:

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.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.