Report: A’s prioritize Manaea trade over Montas move originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The A’s have spent the offseason offloading talent and replenishing their farm system, but they’re reportedly not done yet.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, citing sources, reported Wednesday that the A’s are prioritizing trading left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea and have not made a decision on the future of right-hander Frankie Montas in Oakland.
Manaea is currently the highest-paid A’s player on the list, earning $9.75 million in 2022. In six major league seasons, Manaea has posted a 50-41 record, 3.86 ERA, and 7.9 K/9. He tied for the lead with the American League with 32 starts last season and posted a 3.91 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 179 1/3 innings.
Montas, 29, came to Oakland in 2016 in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In five seasons on the A’s pitching staff, the right-hander posted a 3.82 ERA, 1.298 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. He finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award voting after posting a 13-9 record with a 3.37 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 187 innings.
With Opening Day 2022 just over two weeks away, there are plenty of MLB teams still looking to add starting pitchers. Reports last week indicate that the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays have an interest in reaching a deal for one of the A’s starters. .
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Oakland already departed with star infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson. The A’s also traded Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets, and manager Bob Melvin left in the offseason for the San Diego Padres.
It’s already going to be a very different-looking A’s roster in 2022 than last year’s 86-win club, and it looks like more changes are on the way.