The SF Giants added quality depth after officially announcing the signing of left-handed hurler Sean Manaea to a two-year, $25 million pact. This deal includes an opt-out after the first season. The Giants' 40-man roster is full, but no corresponding roster move has been announced yet.
SF Giants News: Sean Manaea 2-year contract officially announced
I was not too impressed with this move at the time because the addition of Manaea seemingly rounded out the starting rotation for the Giants. At that time, the Giants had Logan Webb under team control to go along with Manaea, Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, and Alex Cobb. The latter four options are under contract for at least $10 million for 2023, so it felt like San Francisco was committed financially to the rotation.
A day after the Manaea signing was announced, the Giants added veteran starter Ross Stripling on a two-year, $25 million deal. This also includes an opt-out clause. The Giants now have a rotation of six veteran options and several more alternatives on the 40-man roster.
Manaea is coming off of a down season with the San Diego Padres. He was shipped to the Padres along with minor leaguer Aaron Holiday in a deal that sent prospects Euribiel Angeles and Adrián Martinez to then Oakland A's.
The Padres were hoping that the veteran pitcher would bolster the rotation. That did not come to fruition as he struggled to the tune of a 4.96 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 1.29 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, and a 3.12 SO/W ratio in 30 appearances including 28 starts.
The good news was that Manaea made 30 appearances, covering 158 innings, to go along with a solid SO/W ratio. The bad news is that his 1.7 HR/9 ratio was the worst mark in baseball among pitchers with 150 innings pitched.
The Giants are hoping that Manaea returns to the form he demonstrated during his time with the A's. With Oakland, the 30-year-old pitcher posted a 3.86 ERA across six seasons. He made at least 25 appearances in four out of five full seasons.
If the lefty pitcher performs well, he will likely opt-out of his contract with the Giants for a larger payday. At the very least, San Francisco added a veteran starter with a track record of success. Manaea joins an organization that has helped a handful of pitchers in recent years as he hopes to be the next in line. The corresponding move should be announced in the coming days.