Sean Manaea chose a great year to have a career-high in innings (179.1), K/9 (9.74), Ks (194), and WAR (3.3). Manaea is projected to make about $10 million next year and will be a free agent after the 2022 season. However, depending on the decisions of the new manager in Oakland, Manaea, along with a few teammates, could be on the move for some future pieces. Let’s check out where some possible landing spots for the southpaw.
New York Mets
With the addition of Max Scherzer and the return of Jacob DeGrom, the Mets are looking to win as soon as possible. Steven Matz leaving to go to St. Louis definitely struck a nerve with Steve Cohen and opened up his wallet this offseason. Also, Noah Syndergaard denying the qualifying offer to go to LA did not help much either. Manaea would be the perfect moderately cheap option to compliment DeGrom, Scherzer, Carrasco, and Walker in the Mets rotation this coming season.
Los Angeles Angels
Staying out west might be more appealing to Manaea than the east coast, and the Angels are one of those teams that can use some arms. There are currently a lot of uncertainties in the Angels rotation. Ohtani is their best arm, but also their best bat at the moment so there is a chance the Angels play it conservative with him. Noah Syndergaard is coming off of Tommy John surgery and Michael Lorenzen has only started 5 games in the past 4 seasons. Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez are the 4 and 5 of that rotation so for the Angels to lock up Manaea would be huge for them to contend this year.
Sticking to the west coast, I believe that Mariners might legitimately make a move for Manaea. After signing both Robbie Ray and Adam Frazier this offseason, the Mariners added some veteran presence to a young but talented locker room that was a few games away from a playoff appearance in 2021. With Marco Gonzales being a solid option to eat innings and Chris Flexen posting the best year of his career, the Mariners seem to be a few pieces away from being legit contenders in the division and I believe one of those pieces is Manaea.
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