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Padres acquires Sean Manaea in trade with Athletics


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The San Diego Padres bolstered their rotation on Sunday, acquiring left-hander Sean Manaea in a trade from the Oakland Athletics.

San Diego got 30-year-old Manaea and minor league right-hander Aaron Holiday from Oakland for pitching prospect Adrian Martinez and minor league infielder Euribel Angeles.

Manaea joins a rotation that includes Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Blake Snell and Mike Clevinger.

Hours after the trade was announced, Manaea made his first start for the Padres — against the A’s. He was scheduled to pitch on Sunday, so he donned a new Padres uniform and faced the Athletic, giving up a run and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Still wearing a green glove, Manaea smiled as she faced her former teammates and visited them from outside the Oakland dugout.

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FILE – Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game, Oct. 1, 2021, in Houston. The San Diego Padres bolstered their rotation on Sunday, April 3, 2022, acquiring southpaw Manaea in a trade with the Athletics.
(AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)

The trade also reunited Manaea with manager Bob Melvin, who left the A’s after last season and took over the Padres.

Manaea went 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts last year. He had two shutouts and struck out a career-high 194 batters, ranking eighth in the American League.

Adding Manaea could lead to another move for San Diego, which was already flush with starting pitches before the trade to Oakland.

The A’s are rebuilding after going 86-76 last year, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Right-hander Chris Bassitt, first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman were traded last month.

Martinez played for Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso last year, going 8-5 and having a 3.38 ERA in 26 games, 22 starts. The right-hander finished with 122 strikeouts in 125 innings.

Martinez, 25, missed the 2016 season following Tommy John’s surgery and the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

Angeles played for Low-A Lake Elsinore and High-A Fort Wayne last year, batting .329 with four home runs, 64 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 105 games. The 19-year-old right-handed hitter was signed by the Dominican Republic Padres in 2018.

Manaea was selected by Kansas City in the first round of the 2013 Entry Draft. He was traded to Oakland as part of the July 2015 deal that traded Ben Zobrist to the Royals.

Manaea is 50-41 with a 3.86 ERA and 641 strikeouts in 129 career games, including 128 starts, over six seasons. He agreed to a one-year, $9.75 million contract last month, avoiding arbitration.

Holiday, 21, was selected by Oakland in the 13th round of the 2021 Entry Draft. He went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three relief appearances with the A’s affiliate in the Arizona Complex League the year last.

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