3) Padres starting pitcher Sean Manaea – Chicago Cubs
After struggling with some injuries, Sean Manaea has made 60 starts in the majors for the last two seasons. However, in 2022, his ERA ballooned by more than a run to 4.96.
Like Clevinger, after he was a disaster in the NLCS (1.1 IP, 5 R in relief), the Padres are unlikely to re-sign him on the free agent market this offseason.
The Chicago Cubs are a team that is poised to spend some money this offseason and they could be interested in Clevinger. The Cubs spent some money last offseason on Marcus Stroman and Seiya Suzuki and they aren’t going to spend a lot on those two without trying to compete in 2023.
In 2022, their starters had an ERA of 4.03, which was 20th in the sport so there’s obviously some room for improvement in that department. Manaea is also from northwest Indiana so he has a semi-local tie to the team.