It has been a frustrating offseason for the San Francisco Giants.
They have money to spend and have been looking to upgrade their roster. With such a goal in mind, the Giants have been attempting to play at the top of the free agent market, only to be rebuffed at nearly every turn. Only Mitch Haniger had been willing to sign on the dotted line heading into Sunday.
San Francisco Giants finally add another piece
That changed during the evening on Sunday. Jon Heyman from the New York Post reported that the Giants signed Sean Manaea to a two year deal worth $25 million, which includes an opt-out after the 2023 season.
Manaea had a disappointing showing last season, helping the Giants to land him on what could be a discount. He posted a 4.96 ERA and a 1.297 WHiP over his 158 innings, striking out 156 batters with 50 walks. His biggest issue was with the home run, as he allowed a career worst 1.7 homers per nine innings last season.
The Giants are hoping that his struggles last season were an aberration. He had been a solid middle of the rotation arm prior to 2022, someone that would fit perfectly as a second or third starter. With Logan Webb already in place, he can be that piece they need.
It all comes down to whether or not Manaea can return to form. Heading to San Francisco should help as Oracle Park is notoriously difficult to hit home runs in, helping to mitigate those issues. If that proves to be the case, the Giants could have one of the biggest bargains of the offseason.
The San Francisco Giants have finally found someone willing to take their money. If he can return to form, Sean Manaea could be a bargain.