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Monday/Tuesday BP: Sean Manaea signs with the Mets

Best of luck old friend.

Close up of Sean Manaea throwing a pitch. John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, San Francisco Giants fans.

It seems like the New York Mets are taking a page out of the Giants 2022-23 offseason playbook. After striking out on their premier free agency targets (which was really just “target” singular: Yoshinobu Yamamoto), the Mets have decided to pivot to Sean Manaea. On Sunday morning, Jon Heyman broke the news that the former Giant was signing with the Mets for two years and $28 million, with an opt-out after the 2024 season.

How very Giantsy.

Manaea signed a very similar contract with San Francisco last year, for two years and $25 million with an opt-out. Signed to shore up the the team’s starting pitching, Manaea began the year bouncing between the bullpen and the rotation, and struggling mightily in each role. It seemed early on that he was destined to not exercise his opt-out, and return to the Giants in 2024 for $12.5 million.

But he turned things on as the year went on. In his final 14 games, starting on July 29, Manaea had a 2.61 ERA and a 3.84 FIP, with 48 strikeouts to 15 walks in 51.2 innings. His final four appearances came in a return to the rotation, where he excelled, likely giving him just enough of an audition to feel comfortable opting out.

Now he’ll make $1.5 million more than he was slated to with the Giants, and once again get the security of a second year should the first year not go according to plan.

Manaea also earned rave reviews in the clubhouse, so he’ll be missed there. Congrats on the contract, and good luck in the Big Apple.