Roster moves

Manaea Traded To The Padres

“He came from the Royals, and no-hit the Red Sox …”

Much as I almost convinced myself he would be here for a bit longer, Sean Manaea is now officially an ex-Oakland A. So “ex” in fact that he has already stood on a Cactus League mound and pitched against us.

The news this afternoon (UK time) that Manaea had been traded to the San Diego Padres was tough to take; all the more so considering he ended up changing dugouts and starting today’s game between the two teams for them rather than for us.

The two prospects in return seem somewhat underwhelming, meaning no disrespect to Euribiel Angeles and Adrian Martinez. It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that there was a pressing need to get Manaea’s $9.75M salary off the books immediately rather than holding onto him for a few months and moving him closer to the trade deadline.

I tweeted our popular “Fisher Squirrel” gif in response to the move with him gleefully hording some more acorns/dollars. It’s at 1,500+ views and counting since being posted six hours ago.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I’d expect a few low-value pitching signings if Manaea and/or Montas left the team. The next few days will tell the tale as to whether any of that money is going to be reinvested into the roster or if we are going to head into the season with a $43M Opening Day payroll.

That would be impossible to justify given the national TV money guaranteed to each team and the season ticket prices the A’s are charging. Sadly, it’s the U.S. way that a franchise owner such as John Fisher doesn’t seem to have to justify his actions.

Instead, the Front Office has to work with the budget they are given and trading Manaea ahead of his impending free agency at the end of the season makes sense in that context.

The head understands it; the heart is struggling to cope once more as another favourite ends up wearing another team’s uniform.

UK Schedule

A’s Schedule This Week: 2nd August

The A’s ended their road-trip yesterday with a brilliant win against the LA Angels, taking the four-game series 3-1. With the new recruits all making positive contributions, there’s sure to be plenty of excitement during the upcoming home-stand.

San Diego Padres (H)

Season series so far: 1-1

The A’s and Padres played a two-game series last Tuesday and Wednesday at Petco and they’ll be repeating that two-game set this week at the Coliseum. And just like last week, the Wednesday day-game is being shown live on UK TV (BT Sport 1) and is also available for free online at The scheduled starting pitcher match-ups are as follows:

  • Gm1. Sean Manaea – Blake Snell
  • Gm2. Frankie Montas – Joe Musgrove.

Manaea and the A’s got the better of Snell last week, so hopefully we can repeat that feat again and then set Frankie on them on Wednesday to take a 2-0 series win!

Texas Rangers (H)

Season series so far: 5-5

Whilst the Padres series is the eye-catching one from a talent point of view, the weekend series against the Rangers is arguably even more important.

Texas enter the week with a 38-67 win-loss record, barely better than the AL-worst Baltimore Orioles at 37-67. They are the very definition of a team that we should be beating up on and it will be a major disappointment if we haven’t improved on our .500 season record against them by the end of Sunday.

The probable pitching match-ups are tentative based on there being a few different options open to Bob Melvin for Sunday’s game. I’ve pencilled in Daulton Jefferies for now after he picked up his first MLB win yesterday against the Angels.

  • Gm1. Chris Bassitt – Mike Foltynewicz
  • Gm2. Cole Irvin – Dane Dunning
  • Gm3. Daulton Jefferies? – Jordan Lyles.
UK Schedule

A’s Schedule This Week: 26th July

In last week’s look at the schedule I stated that the four-game series against the Seattle Mariners would be an important measure of whether they would be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

Unfortunately, it looks like they will now be buyers after winning 3 of 4 and closing the gap to the A’s to just 1.5 games. With Houston now 5.5 games ahead of us at the top of the AL West as well, there’s no doubt that we need the team to start getting back on track quickly.

However, that’s not going to be easy with a week on the road.

San Diego (A)

Season series so far: Yet to play.

Gm1. James Kaprielian – Chris Paddack
Gm2. Sean Manaea – Blake Snell.

You really cannot knock the Padres. They’ve worked hard over the past five years to build up an enviable crop of young talent in one of the best farm systems among MLB teams.

That’s allowed them to promote great talent, not least Fernando Tatis Jr., but has also meant that they have had plenty of trade chips to help them add established quality players as and when needed. We saw yet another example of that yesterday when they swung a deal with the Pirates to acquire Adam Frazier.

Add on the fact that they have also spent big on free agent talent and you’ve got an exciting ballclub that is drawing huge crowds to Petco Park. Imagine that: investing in a great team means that lots more people are prepared to pay to come and watch them.

Don’t worry John Fisher, I’m sure that idea will never catch on.

Anyway, the Padres are a tough team to face, but maybe that will bring out the best in BoMel’s boys? They should be two good games, particularly the one on Wednesday that’s available on UK TV and free online via It’s a 9.10pm start here, with a very enticing pitching match-up between Manaea and Snell.

LA Angels (A)

Season series so far: A’s lead 9-3.

Gm1. Frankie Montas – Alex Cobb
Gm2. Chris Bassitt – Patrick Sandoval
Gm3. Cole Irvin – Jaime Barria
Gm4. James Kaprielian – Shohei Ohtani

We’ve had a good time against the Angels so far this season and we need to keep that trend going this coming weekend.

The games on Saturday and Sunday are early contests, so perfect evening-time viewing here in the UK. It’s scheduled to be a Shohei Sunday as well with the Japanese star due to be on the mound. Cole Irvin got the better of him last time out and hopefully James Kaprielian can do the same.