The Oakland Athletics have eliminated a slew of talented players in recent months, and a pitcher who was on the Chicago White Sox’s radar is heading up the California coast to San Diego instead.
According to multiple reports, including from MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, starting pitcher Sean Manaea is heading to the Padres in a deal that bolsters San Diego’s rotation.
Manaea and relief prospect Aaron Holiday will travel to San Diego in exchange for prospect Euribel Angeles and prospect Adrian Martinez, per Feinsand.
Manaea, a Valparaiso product entering the final year of his contract, posted an 11-10 record in a career-high 32 starts during the 2021 season. He struck out 194 batters, also a high in a career, and has walked just 41 in 179.1 innings of work.
The pitcher had been on the radar of multiple teams, including the White Sox, in recent days, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
The Athletics traded MLB plays throughout the offseason, including infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson.
The White Sox rotation has strong talent at the top, with Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn leading the group, but Lynn suffered a lower-body injury when he left for the White Sox on Saturday, and the team are said to be looking for extra arms to help support a staff that lost Carlos Rodon in the offseason.