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After being a “large” Trade Deadline acquisition, the Red Sox pitcher is likely to head elsewhere.
It’s been a rollercoaster 2.5 years with Drew Pomeranz in Boston.
Dave Dombrowski pushed the trade chips in to acquire the lefty from the San Diego Padres in exchange for highly-touted prospect, Anderson Espinoza. The payoff has been a letdown to say the least. He was relegated to the bullpen in 2016, posting a mediocre 4.59 ERA.
Despite a disappointing 2016 campaign, Pomeranz recaptured the hearts of Red Sox nation in his only All Star season in Boston. He had a career high 17 wins and a 3.32 ERA while proving to be one of the most consistent starters in the Sox rotation. Perhaps one of the more memorable moments of this season was his spat with then-manager, John Farrell in Oakland.
Of course – an encouraging regular season resulted in a poor showing against the Houston Astros, which contributed to an ALDS exit.
The 2018 campaign was disastrous (-0.5 WAR). A 6.29 ERA / 5.4 BB/9 are both atrocious numbers and it’s easy to see why Alex Cora moved him from the rotation and relegated him to mop-up duty. It would be nice to highlight quality moments for Pomeranz this season, but quite frankly, there weren’t many – if any.
It was far too often that a lead was surrendered, or the fastball couldn’t reach 90 mph. Not to mention the lackadaisical facial expressions that Red Sox nation grew to love (or hate).
Drew Pomeranz is set to become a free agent this offseason and it’s quite obvious that his time in Boston is over. He won’t be a member of the postseason roster, nor will Dave Dombrowski be giving him another contract in the offseason. This trade can be marked as a loss for the aggressive GM.
The best place for Pomeranz is likely somewhere in the National League, or in a much smaller market. He excelled in San Diego with a smaller fan base and less scrutiny from the media.
Nobody knows where he’ll end up, but thankfully, the days of seeing the big lefty in Boston are over.