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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 20:18

Drew Pomeranz Is Damaged Goods

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I think by now everyone knows what happened with the Red Sox trade for Drew Pomeranz last season, but if you don’t, here is a quick refresher.

When the Boston Red Sox traded for San Diego Padres All Star starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz last July, they gave up top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. Regardless of what has happened since then with Espinoza, at the time this looked like a pretty decent overpay for the Red Sox and it was billed as an aggressive, but risky move by Dave Dombrowski.

What the Red Sox didn’t know at the time, was the San Diego Padres general manager AJ Preller was hiding medical information from other teams in deals including this one with the Red Sox. So basically, the Red Sox shipped away a top prospect for a halfway decent starter who may or may not have had lingering injury issues. Preller had duped Boston and given them a broken player.

Now, Major League Baseball found out about what was going on in San Diego and gave Preller a slap on the wrist. All he got was a 30-game suspension at the end of the season when his team was already way out of it anyway. The league then gave the Red Sox the option to rescind the trade, as they should, but for some reason Boston said no. 

That right there is the most infuriating thing that Dombrowski has done while running the Red Sox and it may be the dumbest decision I’ve seen anyone make in baseball. Unless Dealin’ Davey knows something that we all don’t, not taking that trade back makes zero sense.

The Padres may have been hit with a bit of karma, as Espinoza has had injury trouble of his own now, but it doesn’t change what happened. The Sox took damaged goods and now they will pay for it. Pomeranz has not only been largely ineffective, but he’s also shown signs of medical issues. His start on Sunday when he was pulled for left triceps tightness was just the latest in a line of alarming incidents. 

If you’ve watched Pomeranz this year at all, you’ll notice that his velocity is dipping as well. When he inevitably gets hurt and has to go on the disabled list, this will all fall on Dombrowski. He should have never made that trade with the Padres in the first place, and he should have used his do-over when given the chance. Now all you have is another problem on this team that is full of them.

Jake Archer

Jake is a contributor to the CLNS Red Sox beat team. He is passionate about baseball, basketball, football and golf, but can get interested in almost anything competitive. Jake has a lot of strong opinions and will share them through his writing and podcasting. You can also follow him on Twitter @jarcher04 but please be advised, his takes can get hot.