Padres get Sean Manaea in trade with Athletics

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The San Diego Padres strengthened their rotation on Sunday, buying left-hander Sean Manaea into a deal with the Oakland Athletics.

San Diego got the 30-year-old Manaea and right-hander of the minor league Aaron Holiday from Oakland for pitching prospect Adrian Martinez and minor league infielder Euribiel Angeles.

Manaea joins a rotation that includes Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell and Mike Clevinger.

Hours after the deal was announced, Manaea made its first start for the Padres – against the A’s. He was scheduled to place Sunday, so he put on a new Padres uniform and took on Athletics, giving up one run and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Still a green glove, Manaea smiled as he confronted his former teammates, and tried with them from outside the Oakland dugout.

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FILE - Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea strikes against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game, Oct.  1, 2021, in Houston.  The San Diego Padres strengthened their rotation on Sunday, April 3, 2022, and bought left-handed Manaea in a trade with Athletics.

FILE – Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea strikes against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game, Oct. 1, 2021, in Houston. The San Diego Padres strengthened their rotation on Sunday, April 3, 2022, and bought left-handed Manaea in a trade with Athletics.
(AP Photo / Michael Wyke, File)

The trade also compared Manaea to manager Bob Melvin, who left the A’s after last season and took over the Padres.

Manaea went 11-10 with an ERA of 3.91 in 32 starts last year. He had two shutouts and hit a career-high 194 batters, ranking eighth in the American League.

The addition of Manaea could lead to another move for San Diego, which was already flush with starting pitching for the trade with Oakland.

The A’s rebuilt after going 86-76 last year, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Right-hander Chris Bassitt, slugging first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman were traded last month.

Martinez played last year for Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso, going 8-5 with an ERA of 3.38 in 26 games, 22 starts. The right-hander finished with 122 strikeouts in 125 innings.

Martinez, 25, missed the 2016 season following the surgery of Tommy John and the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

Angeles played for Low-A Lake Elsinore and High-A Fort Wayne last year, batting .329 with four homers, 64 RBIs and 19 set bases in 105 games. The 19-year-old right-handed hitter was signed by the Padres from the Dominican Republic in 2018.

Manaea was selected by Kansas City in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft. He was traded to Oakland in the July 2015 deal that Ben Zobrist moved to the Royals.

Manaea is 50-41 with a 3.86 ERA and 641 strikeouts in 129 career games, including 128 starts, in six seasons. He went in for a $ 9.75 million, one-year contract last month, to avoid arbitration.

Holiday, 21, was selected by Oakland in the 13th round of the 202 amateur draft. He went 2-0 up with a 0.00 ERA in three relief appearances with the A-Branch in the Arizona Complex League last year.


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