Well, writing two of these articles in less than two days isn’t what I wanted to do, but here I am.
According to Jon Heyman, the San Francisco Giants have signed left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea to a two-year, $25,000,000 with an opt-out.
Sean Manaea to Giants. $25M, 2 years. Opt out.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2022
The Blue Jays were never linked to the 30-year-old lefty, but he was an interesting name for a bounce-back season. Manaea struggled in 2022, posting a 4.96 ERA and 4.53 FIP in 158 innings pitched with the Padres. He had an average K% of 23.2% and a 7.5 BB%.
However, Manaea has solid career totals, owning a 4.06 ERA and 4.07 FIP in 885 innings pitched. His 2022 K% actually surpassed his career 21.6 K%, but his 2022 BB% was higher than his career 6.2 BB%.
Again, the Jays were never connected to Manaea, and it seemed unlikely they’d want to sign a bounce-back candidate when they already employ Yusei Kikuchi and Mitch White on the 2023 roster. However, there may be some alternative ramifications.
Another potential ramification:
The Giants were (and may still be) a front-runner to sign Carlos Rodón. With the signing of a different left-handed pitcher, have they given up the chase? It wouldn’t be a bad thing… except that the Yankees are seen as the other front-runner to sign Rodón. The Cardinals have also appeared as a mystery team, so that’s something.
There’s a mystery team in on Rodon, and it’s believed to be the Cardinals (so maybe it’s not such a great mystery after all) #mysteryteam
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2022
I don’t think you need me to tell you that if the Yankees sign Rodón, that puts a wre …
Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation