Sean Manaea is a rental the Mets should be shopping for again
Sean Manaea didn’t end up getting traded by the Oakland Athletics (at least not yet anyway) which means we should prepare ourselves for lots of trade talk about him getting dealt. And even if there is a deal made before Opening Day, as an upcoming free agent, we can expect him to be shopped yet again at the trade deadline if things don’t go well for whatever new team he plays for.
Without spoiling everything on this list, Manaea is the only player mentioned here that we can guarantee gets dealt before you even buy your 2023 calendar. He may remain with Oakland at the start of the season. At any point once a team is in need of an arm, they need to start taking calls.
The Mets already opened the door for a potential Manaea trade by acquiring Bassitt instead. They likely already have an idea of what Oakland is asking for. Unless they aren’t fans of his, he’s someone we should keep on our radar all season long.
Manaea, like his former teammate Bassitt, is a free agent after the 2022 season ends. He’d be a short-term rental for the Mets and one with many suitors. The price will be driven up by this fact and could get higher based on performance.