Sean Manaea traded to Padres

Sean Manaea traded to Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Padres learned the hard way last autumn that starting-pitching depth is a precious resource. You simply cannot have too much of it.

They’re living that mantra this spring.

On Sunday morning, the Padres swung a trade for A’s left-hander Sean Manaea, sending a pair of prospects to Oakland in return. Manaea, who is in the final year before he hits free agency, bolsters an already deep San Diego rotation, adding a bit of stability.

Infield prospect Euribiel Angeles and right-hander Adrian Martinez went to Oakland in the deal. Angeles is ranked as the team’s No. 12 prospect, while Martinez checks in at No. 26. The Padres also received Minor League right-hander Aaron Holiday. Here is the deal in full:

Padres get: LHP Sean Manaea, RHP Aaron Holiday
A’s get: IF Euribiel Angeles, RHP Adrian Martinez

For all the depth in the Padres’ starting rotation, they were still looking for some reliability. A number of their starting-pitching options came with injury concerns and have been inconsistent over the past few seasons. In Oakland in 2021, Manaea made 32 starts, posting a 3.92 ERA with a 3.66 FIP, 1.23 WHIP and 194 strikeouts.

Manaea’s presence gives the Padres a starting-pitching mix that seemingly has eight other potential options:

Not to mention Adrian Morejon, who is expected to return from Tommy John surgery midseason. Gore, meanwhile, is in the midst of a breakout spring and has team decision-makers seriously mulling whether he’s ready for a big league breakthrough.

Of course, that deep group of arms comes with some question marks. Clevinger is recovering from Tommy John surgery, while Snell has built up slowly. Paddack’s 2021 season ended early due to elbow trouble.

Enter Manaea. It’s still possible that, with their newest acquisition on board, the Padres would look to deal from that level of rotation depth. They explored a trade with the Mets that would’ve sent Paddack to New York last week.

But it’s also possible that the Padres simply enter the season with one of the sport’s deepest rotations.

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