I’m not sure if it has ever happened before but there are actually four lefties with a no-hitter on his resume that could end up pitching for the New York Mets in 2022.
Only one will. Two would have to be acquired via trade. The other pair is sitting out there in free agency.
We’ve discussed them all to some degree on Rising Apple. Something we haven’t done is compare them all. Today, we decide who the best fit is.
NY Mets trade candidate with a left arm and a no-hitter Sean Manaea
Sean Manaea tossed his no-hitter on April 21, 2018, against the Boston Red Sox. It was a good year for him. He has steadily maintained his reputation as a promising left-handed starter in the years since.
His entire major league career has been spent as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Holding a 50-41 record and 3.86 ERA through six seasons, he’s definitely getting traded in 2022. It’s just a matter of whether or not it happens before Opening Day or if the A’s hold him for ransom and ship him elsewhere midseason.
Manaea reaches free agency next winter so he’s only a short-term addition for the Mets or any other team looking to pull off a trade for him. Incredibly available, I like the idea of the Mets picking him up in a deal with Oakland along with at least one other player. Take your pick who that would be.
The Mets can’t possibly feel satisfied with their current rotation situation. And while Manaea will only supply them with a single season, he’s an innings eater with number three potential. Add in that he shouldn’t cost a whole lot in any trade and Manea shoots up to the top of our list by default but he could remain there for a little longer. Let’s see who else is out there.