MLB Rumors: Free agent pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Carl Edwards, Jr., each agreed to deals today, per reports, with Pomeranz reportedly getting a three year deal from the San Diego Padres, and Edwards agreeing to a one year, $950,000 deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Both pitchers are former Texas Ranger draft picks. Pomeranz was a 12th round draft pick of the Rangers in 2007, though they were unable to sign him. Edwards was a 48th round pick in 2011, and was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2013 in the Matt Garza deal.
Pomeranz, 31, was picked 5th overall in the 2010 draft by Cleveland. He was then traded to the Colorado Rockies a year later as a player to be named later in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, then was sent to Oakland in December, 2013, for Brett Anderson. Oakland sent him to the Padres in December, 2016, in the Yonder Alonso trade, and then he was sent to Boston in July, 2017, for Anderson Espinoza. Undisclosed elbow issues that Pomeranz had, and that Boston only learned about after the trade, resulted in San Diego g.m. A.J. Preller being suspended.
Pomeranz signed a one year deal as a free agent with the Giants last offseason, and he moved to the pen mid-season. Pomeranz was dealt to the Brewers at the trade deadline and was excellent out of the pen, leading many to think he could be a quality pickup this offseason as a bullpen piece.
Edwards, 28, was a solid member of the Cubs bullpen in 2016-18, but had the wheels come off in 2019. He was acquired by the Padres at the trade deadline, but only pitched in 2 games for them.
And in other transaction news, the Padres traded Luis Urias and Eric Lauer to the Milwaukee Brewers for Trent Grisham and Zach Davies.
UPDATE — The Mariners have also signed former Ranger third baseman Patrick Wisdom to a major league deal. The Rangers acquired Wisdom last offseason from the St. Louis Cardinals for Swiss Army Player Drew Robinson. Wisdom didn’t hit in limited playing time in the majors for Texas, was dropped from the 40 man roster, and became a free agent after the season.