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BALTIMORE (AP) — If the Oakland Athletics are to advance in October http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-mike-shannon-jersey , they’ll have to do it without Sean Manaea.Manaea, who threw a no-hitter against Boston earlier this season, joined Oakland’s list of pitchers lost to season-ending surgery when the team announced Tuesday that the lefty was done for the year because of shoulder trouble.The playoff-contending A’s said Manaea, on the disabled list since Aug. 26, will have an operation to repair a left shoulder impingement on Sept. 19 at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.“He was that guy that every series, when teams played us, they’re looking to see if Manaea’s pitching in the series,” manager Bob Melvin said before a game at Baltimore. “That’s what your top guy means to you. Again, I feel worse for him. We’ll find a way to manage around it.”The 26-year-old Manaea went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings this year. He pitched a no-hitter at home against the Red Sox on April 21, fanning 10.The A’s entered the day trailing first-place Houston by three games in the AL West. They also were three games behind the Yankees for the top spot in the wild-card standings.Oakland has been plagued with season-ending injuries to pitchers. Daniel Gossett Whitey Herzog Jersey , Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton and A.J. Puk each have undergone Tommy John surgery this year.“I think the psychology of it, based on the fact that we’ve had so many this year, it’s almost like we’re numb to it,” Melvin said. “It started in spring training with a couple of guys.”“Everybody feels for (Manaea) and then you just kind of move past it and continue to try to play in the fashion we have. And he’s been out a little bit, too. It’s not like this is a sudden thing that’s happened the last day or two,” he said. This isn't the Boston Red Sox lowballing Jon Lester with a $70 million offer back in 2014. There have been only a dozen $200 million contracts in Major League Baseball history. Only four of those were contract extensions, and three of them went to players (Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera and Clayton Kershaw)who were more accomplished than Bryant is now.The one exception is Giancarlo Stanton, whose 13-year http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-vince-coleman-jersey , $325 million dealin 2014 with the Miami Marlins still stands as the largest in MLB history. He owned 21.3 career wins above replacement through five seasonsat the time. Bryant owns 21.6 career WAR through one fewer season. This is not to mention his National League Rookie of the Year Award, NL MVP or World Series ring.Ah, but the catch: Whereas Stanton was coming off his age-24 season and a career year, Bryant is 26 and coming off a career-worst season.The numbers tell half the story. Bryant played in only 102 games and set new career lows in batting average (.272), slugging percentage (.460), OPS (.834), home runs (13) and WAR (1.9).The other half of the story is couched in Bryant's trouble with the injury bug. His left shoulder started bothering him relatively early in the season and put him on the disabled list June 26. He played in only 10 games between then and Sept. 1, when he was finally back for good.The left is Bryant's lead shoulder when he's in the batter's box. Such injuries are known to sap power from sluggers. Bryant proved to be no exception, as his isolated power (extra bases per at-bat) took a huge hit in the latter half of his season:It's possible鈥攑erhaps even likely, in light of Kaplan's apparent walkback of his "last several months" remark鈥攖hat the Cubs made their $200 million offer before Bryant's shoulder fell to pieces and that he therefore had no idea that his sky-high value was about to take a hit. If so Orlando Cepeda Jersey , there's no scolding him in retrospect.On the chance Bryant said no to their offerafter his shoulder woes began, his and Boras' insistence on waiting for free agency looks all the more risky.According to Teddy Greenstein of theChicago Tribune, Bryant took his shoulder injury as an excuse to alter a practice routine that may have been overtaxing his body. That could resuscitate his power. Or, the cure may be worse than disease. After all, whatever he was doing before coincided with him slamming 94 home runs between 2015 and 2017.If Bryant's shoulder saga doesn't precipitate a lasting power decline, the natural order of things might. Although power ages well relative to other skills, FanGraphs' Jeff Zimmerman found in 2014 that modern power hitters peak early and then start declining in their late 20s.With his 27th birthday on January 4, 2019, Bryant will be there soon. He'll be 29 when he reaches free agency and looking to sell his age-30 season and beyond. At that age, any and all red flags are going to be heavily scrutinized. Perhaps enough to leave him well short of the contract he and Boras have in mind now.Of course http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-keith-hernandez-jersey , this is the sky-is-falling take on a report of questionable veracity. If it is true, maybe Bryant has alternative reasons for turning down the offer鈥攅.g., waiting to see if the Cubs sign his good buddy Bryce Harper or for some resolution with the service-time grievance he filed in 2015. And either way, things may go swimmingly for him in his final three seasons under Cub control.But if a guy is going to say no to $200 million, he'd better have every assurance that he can do better in the near future. Bryant doesn't. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.

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