Manaea signed a one-year, $5.95 million deal with Oakland on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The two sides were able to reach a deal ahead of Friday's deadline, and the left-hander is now officially under contract for 2021. Manaea had a 4.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 45:8 K:BB over 54 innings during 2020 and should enter spring training as a member of the starting rotation.
Manaea took the loss in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Astros after allowing four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings.
The left-hander allowed three runs over the third and fourth innings and exited after surrendering a solo homer to Martin Maldonado during the fifth. Manaea will need to hope the A's can overcome a 2-0 series deficit to have a chance to pitch again during this series.
Manaea did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win over the Dodgers, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four across six innings.
The long ball was the enemy of the night for Manaea, who silenced the Dodgers until the third inning, when he yielded a two-run homer to Max Muncy. He also gave up a solo blast to Cody Bellinger in the seventh frame, which would be his final batter of the night. Manea threw a season-high 91 pitches, including 59 for strikes. The 28-year-old, who has been named a likely candidate to start the Athletics' first playoff game next week, has put together a 4.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 12 appearances (11 starts) in the regular season. Across his last six starts, however, the southpaw has compiled a solid 2.65 ERA.
Manaea, who is scheduled to make his final start of the regular season Wednesday against the Dodgers, is a likely candidate to also start the Athletics' first playoff game next week, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Gallegos suggests Manaea's strong work since mid-August -- he owns a 4-1 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.91 WHIP across his last six starts -- makes him the best option at manager Bob Melvin's disposal as the postseason approaches. The left-hander found himself in a similar position last season, as he put together a 4-0 September after returning from a shoulder injury and was named the starter for the AL Wild Card Game against the Rays, an outing in which he allowed three home runs over two innings in what was a 5-1 Athletics loss.
Manaea (4-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out seven over 5.2 innings in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday.
Manaea wasn't bad Tuesday, but he didn't get a lot of support from the Athletics' offense. The loss snapped his personal four-game winning streak. The 28-year-old southpaw has a 4.50 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 48 innings this season. Manaea will look to avoid a losing skid when he faces the Dodgers next Tuesday.
Manaea (4-2) picked up the win Thursday against Houston, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four across seven innings. He did not issue a walk.
Manaea was beyond efficient in Thursday's outing, tossing just 61 pitches while allowing two hits and no walks over seven frames. He retired the first 15 hitters he faced before allowing a run on a pair of hits in the sixth. The southpaw certainly could have gone deeper into the tilt, but Oakland manager Bob Melvin opted to hand the final two innings to Jake Diekman and Liam Hendriks, likely due to the fact that both relievers are enjoying fantastic campaigns. After a poor start to his season, Manaea has now won each of his last four starts while allowing just six earned runs across 27.1 innings. He will look to stay on a roll when he takes the ball Tuesday in Colorado.
Manaea (3-2) allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings to earn the win against the Padres on Saturday.
Manaea's season got off to a bit of a rough start, but he's since rebounded and has picked up wins in each of his last three outings. The southpaw got into a jam in the third inning Saturday when the Padres loaded the bases with one out, but he only allowed one run to come across. He has a 5.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 35.1 innings this season. Manaea will carry his winning streak into his next start at home Thursday against the Astros.
Manaea (2-2) allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over five innings, earning the win Tuesday versus the Rangers. He struck out three and walked none.
Manaea was solid in Tuesday's game, and he can't be blamed for Marcus Semien's fifth-inning error that indirectly led to a pair of runs for the Rangers. It marked the third straight start in which Manaea allowed three runs or fewer after failing to do that in his first four starts of the year. He has a 5.64 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 25 strikeouts across 30.1 innings. The 28-year-old southpaw is expected to make his next start Sunday in Houston.
Manaea (1-2) earned the win Thursday against the Diamondbacks after tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and fanning four.
Manaea allowed three or more runs in each of his first four starts of the season, but he is beginning to trend in the right direction of late -- he has pitched at least five innings in his past two outings, allowing four runs (three earned) in 10.1 innings during that two-game stretch. It's still far from convincing and well below Manaea's usual numbers, but the encouraging signs are noticeable. His next start is scheduled for Aug. 25 on the road against the Rangers.
Manaea hurled five innings against San Francisco on Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out five. He did not factor in the decision.
Manaea tossed the most innings (five) and allowed the fewest earned runs (two) in any of his five starts this season, but he was unable to emerge with his first win. The southpaw yielded all three runs in the fourth inning, when he gave up a walk and a pair of hits to the frame's first three batters. Manaea has stumbled with a 7.65 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through his first five starts. He'll look to make his way into the win column when he faces Arizona on Thursday in his next scheduled start.
Manaea will start Saturday's game against the Giants, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
Manaea will make his scheduled start a day earlier than anticipated since the team hopes that Frankie Montas (back) is available Sunday. Manaea has struggled to begin the year, as he hasn't completed five innings in any of his first four starts. He carries a 9.00 ERA and 1.87 WHIP over 15 innings to begin the 2020 campaign.
Manaea didn't factor into the decision in Monday's contest between the Athletics and the Angels. He allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning one in 2.2 innings.
Manaea has not completed five innings in any of his four starts and has been struggling so far, giving up four earned runs in three of those outings. Things have not gone as expected for the 28-year-old, who owns a 9.00 ERA and 1.87 WHIP -- both career-worst marks by a wide margin -- ahead of this next scheduled start Aug. 16 at San Francisco.
Manaea allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five over 3.1 innings versus the Rangers on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.
Manaea was on the hook for the loss until Austin Allen hit a go-ahead homer for the Athletics in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old Manaea has struggled to mitigate the scoring in his three starts this year -- he's got an 8.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 12.1 innings. The southpaw will try to right the ship Monday on the road against the Angels.
Manaea (0-2) was charged with the loss against the Mariners on Friday after surrendering five runs (three earned) on six hits and striking out four across 4.1 innings.
Much like his last outing, Manaea came out strong for a few innings before suddenly losing his command. The 28-year-old retired the first nine batters until the fourth frame, when Seattle unleashed four hits, including a two-run double by Kyle Seager and an RBI single by Austin Nola. The Mariners continued to chip away in the fifth with another pair of hits before Manaea was pulled. Both his baserunners soon scored (unearned) runs at the hands of a throwing error by reliever J.B. Wendelken. On the bright side, Manaea did not issue any walks. The southpaw has now given up nine runs (seven earned) across nine innings so far this year. He'll look to bounce back Wednesday against Texas.
Manaea (0-1) was tagged with the loss in Saturday's 4-1 defeat against the Angels. He allowed four runs on five hits while fanning three in just 4.2 innings.
Manaea couldn't complete the fifth inning and left the contest after giving up three runs on back-to-back RBI doubles to Andrelton Simmons and David Fletcher. Manaea will attempt to bounce back in his upcoming start on the road against the Mariners on July 31.
Manaea, who allowed three runs on four hits and recorded four strikeouts over five innings in Monday's exhibition loss to the Giants, came away very pleased with his slider, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I thought it was awesome," Manaea said of the slider. "Judging everything on how it looked from my perspective and how the swings looked, I'm pretty close to being able to backdoor it and just pitch off of that. For now, I'm extremely happy with how it's turned out and how I feel with it."
Manaea was able to retire the final 10 batters he faced after an uneven performance over the first pair of frames, and he came very close to his target of 65 pitches. Gallegos reports Manaea deployed the slider on 22 occasions overall Monday, continuing a focus on developing the pitch that dates back to spring training. The left-hander did top out at just 89 mph with his fastball, but Manaea shrugged off the middling velocity by expressing confidence in his ability to overcome it with good pitch sequencing. The 28-year-old lines up to make his first regular-season start Saturday against the Angels in the second game of the season-opening four-game set, and he's expected to be limited to 75-85 pitches.
Manaea has been named the starter for Monday's exhibition game against the Giants, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Manaea is arguably considered a co-ace of the staff alongside the hard-throwing Frankie Montas, but this news furthers the notion the latter will get the Opening Night call next Friday against the Angels. Manaea will tune up for what is likely a start in the second game of the season July 25 by opening Monday evening's exhibition at the Oakland Coliseum, although Melvin emphasized "things could change leading up" to next week.
Manaea, who is fully participating in the Athletics' summer camp workouts, is considering using a mask during games this season, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports. "I might use a face mask," Manaea said. "I don't know if we're required to wear it on the field, but I might as well just try it out and see what it's like. At least for a game."
The 28-year-old is considered the de facto ace of the Athletics' staff after putting together a dominant five-game sample at the end of 2019 following his return from shoulder surgery. Manaea explains he'd consider using the mask not only for his own safety, but with the hope it will encourage other players to wear one as well. The southpaw was able to maintain a regular throwing program in the Arizona area while play was paused, and he feels he's at the point where he can throw the equivalent of about three innings, a level he'll look to build up from in forthcoming intrasquad games.
Manaea posted a 14.09 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and .378 BAA across 7.2 innings over three Cactus League appearances before spring training was suspended.
The unsightly numbers over the small sample belie the fact Manaea actually got some productive work in before play was paused. Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports the left-hander diligently worked on developing his slider with the help of the legendary Randy Johnson, and he did manage to record 10 strikeouts despite also pitching to plenty of contact at times. The refining of a pitch always carries the potential of generating some ugly spring lines, so the southpaw's struggles could at least be partly attributed to his attempt to augment his arsenal.
Manaea recorded six strikeouts and allowed four earned runs on four hits over three innings in a Cactus League split-squad loss to the Reds on Friday.
The line underscores what a mixed bag Manaea's start was, but the left-hander, who continued to refine his slider during the outing, was pleased with the work he got in, noting he "made some competitive pitches and they [Indians hitters] took some good swings on them," according to Martin Gallegos of MLB.com. Two of those hacks came from Scott Schebler and Matt Davidson, who tagged Manaea for a double and three-run home run, respectively. Through three spring starts, the 28-year-old now sports an unsightly 14.09 ERA, although he also has 10 strikeouts through 7.2 innings.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/06||vs HOU||L 2-5||1||4.1||5||4||1||2|
|09/23||@ LAD||W 6-4||6.0||6||3||1||4|
|09/15||@ COL||L 1-3||1||5.2||7||3||1||7|
|09/10||vs HOU||W 3-1||1||7.0||2||1||0||4|
|09/05||vs SD||W 8-4||1||5.0||4||1||1||5|
|08/25||@ TEX||W 10-3||1||5.0||6||1||0||3|
|08/20||vs ARI||W 5-1||1||5.1||5||1||0||4|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||121.2||25||25||1||7||8||0||146||54||102||3.12||1.287|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||19.2||4||4||0||1||0||0||22||4||22||3.75||1.354|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||7.0||2||2||0||0||1||0||11||6||9||5.14||2.143|
|2019||AAA-Las Vegas Aviators||28.0||5||5||0||3||1||0||43||6||16||3.21||0.786|