The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a one year deal with lefthanded pitcher Drew Pomeranz, per multiple reports online.
Pomeranz, 30, hit the free agent market this offseason after a disappointing season with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Pomeranz put up a 6.08 ERA and a 5.43 FIP in 74 innings for Boston last year, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. Pomeranz did deal with some injuries, and he is someone we had identified as a possible Texas Rangers target on a one year, buy-low, make good deal, given that he did have a track record of success prior to 2018.
Pomeranz also has an interesting transactional history...he was a 12th round pick of the Rangers in 2007, and reportedly the Rangers came close to signing him, but he opted to go the college route instead, and ended up being the 5th overall pick in the 2010 draft, with the Cleveland Indians snatching him up.
Cleveland ended up sending Pomeranz to Colorado as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians. Colorado dealt him to Oakland after the 2013 season for Brett Anderson, and then Oakland shipped him to San Diego in the deal that brought Yonder Alonso and Marc Rzepcynski to the A’s. Finally, San Diego dealt Pomeranz to Boston in July, 2016, in exchange for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza — a deal that resulted in Padres g.m. A.J. Preller getting suspended for a month, due to the Padres not disclosing medical information about Pomeranz.
Anyway, the Rangers appear to have opted to go with Shelby Miller as their reclamation project signee this offseason, and Pomeranz will presumably join former Ranger Derek Holland and son of a former Ranger Dereck Rodriguez in the Giants’ rotation in 2019.
Ken Rosenthal says the deal is $1.5 million guaranteed, with incentives that could make it worth up to $5 million.